21 January 2017 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

WITADA Top 1021 January 2017
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place. 
In this week’s Top 10 our feature story celebrates Penguin Awareness Day! And this week we also check out sharks, dolphins and turtles as well as some beautiful images of nature above and below the water! And much more too!!


1. Happy Penguin Awareness Day (Friday 20 January)! Did you know that penguin numbers are falling as climate change continues to impact the Antarctic Peninsula? In fact Adelie penguin numbers have declined by 30%. But there is something you can do – the World Wide Fund for Nature has an ‘adopt a penguin’ program where you can assist in protecting the Antarctic biodiversity amongst other important things!


2. Staying with our beautiful wildlife, the plight of dolphins and turtles who become entangled with shark nets has been highlighted by a New South Wales report on their controversial shark net system. “The report showed 748 marine animals became entangled in the nets in 2015-16.Of those, 86% were threatened, protected or species not intended to be targeted by the shark net program. Thirteen threatened green turtles were caught and only two survived, while four loggerhead and two leatherback sea turtles were also trapped.”


3. And while we’re at it!! The Sea Shepherd Australia is continuing to work hard to prevent the Japanese whaling fleet from killing whales in the Australian Whale sanctuary. If you’d like to help this important work you can check it out on their web site.


4. Here is a beautiful story about refugees from Syria and Iraq who have now settled in Australia, arriving at the beach for their first swim! Welcome to Australian summers!


5. The issue of inequality has featured in the press this week with the release of the Oxfam report, ‘An Economy for the 99%’. The main finding – “the world’s eight richest people control the same wealth as the poorest half of the globe’s population, Australia’s two richest billionaires are wealthier than the bottom 20% of the population, while the two richest Canadians are richer than the bottom 30% of Canada’s population.” You can read the full report or check out the Australian Fact Sheet for more information.


6. Profiling different countries has been a regular feature of the New Internationalist magazine since its inception. In this edition they have provided an insightful profile of South Sudan – the world’s newest nation. If you’re interested in an overview of the issues and the state of life there then this is a great place to start.


7. Last week we featured the Human Rights Watch 2017 World Report. The World Report assess the human rights situation in over 90 countries. The Australian human rights report card does not read so well, especially in relation to refugees.


8. Here are some wise words from Amnesty International’s Secretary-General, Salil Shetty, about how we might continue to defend human rights in a time of global conservatism.


9. There is a restaurant in Brighton UK called Silo and they are one of the first to record zero waste. Have a read of the creative and determined ways that they achieve this fantastic goal.


10. Here are some peaceful images to relax your mind after watching the news over the last few days! The Conversation features the world’s best wildlife photography with the winners from the  Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition. And if your soul still needs more soothing, here are the winners of the 2016 Ocean Art Contest. Beautiful images of underwater life.


Great to have your company again this week. Look forward to seeing you next week for our special edition celebrating Indigenous people in Australia.