18 May 2019 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

18 May 2019
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.
In this week’s Top 10 we remember Bob Hawke, check out the state of the planet (not good), universal basic income (also not good), IDHTB day (check it out below!) and much more!


1. Vale Bob Hawke. There have been many tributes over the past few days, marking the passing of Bob Hawke. We thought we’d share this one with you from Barrie Cassidy, ABC journalist and Bob’s press secretary in the 1980s.


2. If you haven’t already checked it out, the new Global Assessment Report from the United Nations was released  recently. It combines the work of the world’s leading scientists and confirms what we already know – our planet is in trouble. According to the report, ‘from coral reefs flickering out beneath the oceans, rainforests desiccating into savannahs, nature is being destroyed at a rate tens to hundreds of times higher than the average over the past 10m years’.


3. Yesterday, Friday 17 May, marked International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. While there have been global improvements in these areas, there is still much to be done – 72 countries and territories  still criminalise same sex relationships and only 63 countries provide any form of anti-discrimination protection for LGBTI people.



5. The idea of a universal basic income has been challenged lately and in this article from The Guardian, Anna Coote suggests that it is not an effective solution to poverty and inequality. But she has some other ideas that are well worth reading about.


6. If you are not a regular subscriber to Reconciliation Australia you will be missing out on their very informative publication, Reconciliation News. Check out this month’s edition here.


7. Baptist World Aid has released their new report card on ethical fashion, rating fashion brands in Australia from A+ to F. You might be surprised at the results! Check out the full Ethical Fashion Guide here.


8. There are lots of new and innovative ideas for waste management these days. Check out this story from the ABC on an innovative program to deal with food waste in the Yarra Valley. They’re converting food waste into renewable energy!


9. This is a moving story from The Guardian about the reconciliation journey in the small South Australian town of Elliston where many Indigenous people were massacred in 1849. A 2018 a memorial was erected promoting Indigenous recognition. This is an important story that needs to be told.


10. Here’s some promising news for those of us who love animals and believe in their right to live a life free of pain and suffering! The ACT will become the first state in Australia to recognise animals and sentient beings who can experience emotions and perceptions. And under these new laws, people can legally break into cars to rescue animals!


Great to have you with us this week. See you next time!