Each week we post links to news about humane education & humane living, and items connected to humane issues, from human rights to environmental preservation, to animal protection, to media, consumerism and culture.
Using science to help human rights - Inside Higher Ed (1/19/09)
”In Sierra Leone, for example, where some residents in agricultural areas are ‘time illiterate’ (they don’t use calendars or think in calendar years), she has helped test a method by which researchers pegged local threats to nationally known events. A sample question she cited: ‘When the rebels visited your village, was that before or after the invasion of Freetown?’”
“Green collar economy taking root in Chicago” – Chicago Tribune (1/19/09)
”Wright said he would be happy with one decent job. He's thinking about enrolling in computer classes at Malcolm X College. But if he can be part of the green-collar economy, all the better. ‘I can't see past today,’ Wright said. ‘But if I'm allowed to wake up tomorrow, I'm going to do everything I can to help out. If it means saving the Earth, why not? Because you only get one Earth, right? Like you only get one mama.’"
Thanks, Common Dreams, for the heads up.
Students give voice to social justice issues through online journal - Niagara Falls Review (1/15/09)
”The online literary journal was launched last month and features stories, essays, music and photography all directed towards the goal of promoting social justice.”
Solar panels not quite so queen – LA Times (1/13/09)
"’The solar energy industry is running into some of the same problems . . . we've seen in the electronics industry,’ whose waste is polluting U.S. landfills and contaminating groundwater with harmful substances such as mercury and chromium.”
Thanks, Treehugger, for the heads up.
Plan to protect native birds by eradicating cats backfires – Yahoo! News (1/13/09)
”It seemed like a good idea at the time: Remove all the feral cats from a famous Australian island to save the native seabirds. But the decision to eradicate the felines from Macquarie island allowed the rabbit population to explode and, in turn, destroy much of its fragile vegetation that birds depend on for cover.”
Is pink damaging, limiting for girls? - BBC (1/8/09)
"We have got to get something done about the effect marketeers are having. We are creating little fluffy pink princess, an image of girliness, that is very specific and which some girls don't want to go along with, but due to overwhelming peer pressure, are having to conform to."
Thanks, Feministing, for the heads up.