31 March 2019 – News, Stories and Ideas to Make the World a Better Place

30 March 2019
WITADA’s Weekly Top 10: News, stories and ideas to make the world a better place.
In this week’s Top 10 we go to Africa, New Zealand, Ethiopia and much more!


1. While we here in Australia have been facing cyclone threats, parts of Africa have experienced a devastating cyclone. Cyclone Idai is considered one of the worst tropical cyclones to affect Africa and the Southern Hemisphere generally. It has affected Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi with more than 2.6 million people affected, over 800 people recorded dead with the projected death toll reaching into the thousands. And yes, these disasters are most likely a result of climate change and a sign of things to come. If you’re interested in donating the UNHCR has an appeal.


2. Have a listen to this beautiful piece, Waerenga-a-Hika by Tuirina Wehi, performed by the New Zealand Youth Choir. They have dedicated it to “the tragic loss of precious lives” in Christchurch.


3. It’s bad news for chimpanzees. It seems that they are facing a serious cultural collapse as a result of human interaction. Chimps have a range of complex cultural behaviours but it seems that this is now at threat as their population declines – all due to their habitats being increasingly populated by us humans. There’s a message here!


4. The New Zealand Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 but there has been confusion and debate for many years about the wording. In this article from The Conversation, the issues are explored – all of which could be very significant for Australia!


5. Here’s a depressing fact that you probably didn’t know! Australia has led the world with the highest mammalian extinction rates for the past 200 years. This article from The Conversation has 10 ways Austrlaia can act to prevent further harm.


6. If you struggle to know how to explain the gender pay gap when you’re out at a party on the weekend, then this article from The Sydney Morning Herald is just the ticket. It provides the info that you need to make it clear to a non-believer.


7. There has been some very significant progress on human rights issues in Ethiopia with the government allowing Human Rights Watch to visit their country. There was a change of government in Ethiopia two years ago and as a result thousands of political prisoners have been released. The country is now at peace after the end of the conflict with Eritrea with final peace agreed to in 2018.


8. In 2003 the African Peer Review Mechanism was established in an attempt find ‘African solutions to African problems’. This is a great article explaining the process and its challenges and progress.


9. It’s not too late to be part of the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre’s Feast 4 Freedom. Check it out here.


10. Here’s a beautiful moment for you to end our week! Jacinda Ardern meets Waleed Aly and they have a chat! So beautiful! And if you didn’t see Jacinda Ardern’s speech at the Christchurch memorial service check it out!


Thanks for being here this week. See you next week.