Care2 Weekly Wrap Up: Questions, Questions, We’ve Got Questions

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


Abo Ahmed r.
Abo r7 years ago


Evert v.
Evert v7 years ago

Walter G.,

You're confusing being born equally and having the same rights while entering life on this planet.
The "rights" we (get) hand(ed) out along with what's being expected from one being to the other is a completely different story, it's a story where the natural rights of the strongest are raped to suit those with the "right" DNA.

Democratically Not Accountable.

Dhaval M.
Dhaval M7 years ago

great summary

Loo S.
Loo sam7 years ago

thanks for all the great articles.

Liz Thompson
Elisabeth T7 years ago

Good article...

Karen Simons
Karen Simons7 years ago

Heather Moore reminds me of the radical so-called christians who, for some reason, feel the need to cram their opinions about religion down the throats of anyone who comes close to them. I agree that Heather shouldn't eat meat. She, however, can keep her thoughts to herself and allow each and all to make up their own minds. I have seen the horrible videos that are used to sicken viewers so they will NEVER eat meat and will leave, in fact, a vegan. And then there is the pope telling everyone what he thinks about women. Too many people thinking others care. Should keep mouths shut and try to live life quietly and introspectively.

Anne K.
Anne K7 years ago

"Here’s a question you don’t hear every day... Does your dining room table have a tragic back story?"

Response - we don't have a dining room table, or a kitchen table. Our "dining room" contains a litter box and cat feeding area. We have a patio table on our lanai, glass top and not sure what the "fake wicker" is made of...the previous homeowners sold us their patio furniture.

"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? "

Yes, I knew this and commented on this article. Chickens were the first animal I stopped eating, having been horrified at the sight of a truck loaded with crates stuffed full of live chickens, crammed so tightly they had to be distressed from injuries or suffocation. I have been a vegetarian for 25 years. I hate the Thanksgiving holiday because it has become a ritualistic celebration of animal sacrifice. I read an article about "turkey production" in a Baltimore newspaper many years ago.

I also cringe at Easter, when so many eggs are used for the traditional amusement of kids who have no idea that hens are debeaked and spend their short lives in cages with no room to move, sitting in their own excrement and having feet ripped off when caught in cage bars

Walter G.
Walter G7 years ago

Even if we were all created equal, which is a sort of joke, individual development must take place. Survival of anything, be it species or a government, depends on its development. In the case of our government, it would seem that its most important enemy is our government. Overloaded employee lists, brought about by its own goal to keep the unemployment rate down, embezzling, stealing, misappropriating politicians using, for example, Air Force planes as if they owned them, skimming off the top of funds for projects, many of which have been invented for that purpose, accepting campaign funds and other bribes by another name from obviously inappropriate sources, (in some cases enemy sources) setting morale standards for constituents while engaging in immoral practices, staying in office past 65 years old, when it is mandated retirement for regular civil servants, not voting against their annual pay raises when it is obvious that the majority of their constituents are suffering decreases in their income, Brandishing a largesse life-style before an increasingly impoverished nation, causing diversions from real issues. Many more facets of our current government could be listed, but it all comes down to history. The Czar of Russia and Marie Antoinette learned the hard way that a nation can successfully turn on its government and survive. I hope this does not happen here.

Patrick S.
Patrick S7 years ago


Peggy Peters
Peggy Peters7 years ago

I like these weekly wrap ups!