Care2 writers are nothing if not inquisitive. We ask a lot of questions because that’s how we learn.
In case you missed them, here’s your chance to catch up on some of the important questions that came up this week. If we touched a nerve, please take a moment to answer the polls and leave comments… those Butterfly Points really add up and help you to make a difference.
Environment, Wildlife, and Animal Welfare
Would you want BP’s oil waste in your backyard? Waste Management, a national sanitation company that has tried to position itself as “green” through advertising, recycling initiatives, and sponsorship of the Greenopolis website, has angered Gulf Coast residents by dumping oil waste in Mississippi landfill. After reading the post by Beth Buczynski, you’ll want to follow the links to the appropriate petitions. Gulf Coast Residents Angry Over Oil Dumped In Local Landfill
Here’s a question you don’t hear every day… Does your dining room table have a tragic back story? Illegal logging in the Peruvian Amazon is endangering one of the last uncontacted tribes as well as decimating an endangered species. Nancy Roberts tells the story in Illegal Mahogany Logging Endangers Uncontacted Tribe in Peru
African Penguins have long been a tourist attraction in South Africa because their trusting nature allows people to approach them. African Penguins have also been fighting for their lives for the past 50 years as their numbers decrease on a weekly basis. Their population has dropped by 80 percent in recent years and in June 600 chicks were lost because of a sudden cold surge. Their numbers have decreased so much the International Union for the Conservation of Nature recently changed their status on their Red List from a “vulnerable species” to an “endangered species.” Why is the African Penguin population declining? Sharon Seltzer delves into that question in African Penguins: Newest to Hit Endangered Species List
Heather Moore has a timely reminder for you — chickens and turkeys can feel pain and suffer just as much as pelicans, ducks, and other birds. We can extend our compassion from wildlife harmed by the oil geyser to birds killed for food simply by not eating them. Did you know that chickens and turkeys aren’t even covered under the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act? Extending Compassion From Birds Harmed By BP To Birds Killed For Food
Human Rights, Civil Rights, and Politics
“Should Groups be Allowed to Feed the Homeless in the Park?” Wow. That’s a poll you’ll want to weigh in on. Scott Pasch writes, “I once heard a society’s morality is best measured by how it treats its most vulnerable. If this report is any indication, our society is not measuring up.” Who are the homeless, why are they homeless, and who else is at risk? Orlando, FL: Do NOT Feed the Homeless or Else…
Kenneth Howell, former Instructor of Catholicism at the University of Illinois, claims he was fired for teaching the Catholic view on homosexual acts. Was it what he was teaching or the way he taught it that led to his dismissal? Steve Williams writes about the email that sparked a controversy and the complaints that followed. Don’t miss the reader comments on this one… and share your own views on the subject. Professor Claims He was Fired for Teaching Church’s Stance on Homosexual Acts
Cuban journalist Guillermo Fariñas has ended his 135 day-long hunger strike after the government announced plans to release 52 political prisoners. Natasha Greenhouse asks, “Is this news a good sign for human rights in Cuba?” You can answer that question in the poll that follows this post. Cuban Journalist Ends Hunger Strike — For Now
The Department of Justice announced indictments against four former and two current New Orleans police officers in connection with the murder of unarmed civilians following Hurricane Katrina. Jessica Pieklo asks, “Could this be a signal of things to come in the Oscar Grant saga?” Cops Charged By DOJ in Post-Katrina Murders. Could Justice For Oscar Grant Be Next?
Health and Education
It’s been six months since Haiti was hit with a devastating earthquake. So I took a look at the progress made and the herculean task that remains. Basic living conditions — access to shelter, water, sanitation, and health care — have yet to be restored for many Haitians, and much of the rubble remains unmoved. There have been no major disease outbreaks, but is public health still at risk? Six Months After The Quake Haiti Needs All the Help it Can Get
While we’re on the subject of health, visit our Real Food section to learn more about the foods that make it to your dinner table.
Here’s an interesting question from Kristina Chew. Should Colleges Put Education, or Facilities, First? A New York Times article noted that, according to a study of government data, American colleges and universities are spending a ‘declining share’ of their budgets on instruction — on educating their students — and more on administration, recreational facilities and student services (intramural sports, career counseling centers, financial aid offices, student centers, and so forth). The report, ‘Trends in College Spending 1998-2008,’ was conducted by a Washington, D.C., non-profit, the Delta Cost Project, which advocates for greater scrutiny of college costs to keep higher education affordable for all Americans.
Tribute to a Trailblazer
Erin Polgreen remembers underground comics artist Harvey Pekar, who passed away early Monday morning. Pekar, often referred to as the Mark Twain of comics, spent his career memorializing every day life. Harvey Pekar, the Mark Twain of Comics, Dies at 70
Need more inspiration? Trailblazer’s For Good highlights people and businesses who positively impact the world.
So what’s on your mind? Don’t be shy. That’s what the comment section is all about!
photo credit: Peaco Todd