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Good News Monday 09.08.2021
With the release of the UN’s damning climate report today, we’ve brought you some positive environmental news and more from last week!
Our thoughts are with Turkey as the wildfire continues to spread. You will find a GoFundMe page in the last slide, please donate!
Flood Donations for Pakistan
While we scroll through our Instagrams looking at the “Look it’s raining!” posts, please remember that as beautiful as it is, due to our weak urban infrastructure untouched by our corrupt government, colonies, neighbourhoods, and homes are at risk. Scroll down to see where you can donate in the event of flooding. Please also let us know of any other places to donate.
Good News Monday 07.06.2021
What’s the point of good news when the world seems so bleak? There’s quite a few actually.
A little bit of positive news regularly has been proven to boost one’s overall mental wellbeing and even immune system. It’s important to remember and remind oneself of good things!
The Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network has vowed to plant 18 million trees by 2031 in its new initiative by the name of Clyde Climate Forest initiative.
The declining Covid-19 infection and death rate for India, along with increasing vaccination rates, has led some Indian states to slowly start to reopen while experts still advise caution.
Joe Biden, following on his promises of better environmental legislation, has suspended the oil and gas drilling program in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge which had been approved by the Trump administration.
Good News Monday 17.5.2021
Here is a little something to make your Monday a bit brighter amidst these desolate times.
The Biden Administration has vowed to reinstate protections for migratory birds in North America that had previously been revoked under the Trump Administration in a broad effort to loosen restrictions on energy development businesses.
Early data on effectiveness of vaccinations against the more transmissible Indian variant of COVID-19 suggest that current vaccines will continue to offer high protection from death and severe illness.
A regrown forest area, primarily along the coast of Mongolia, can potentially absorb one years’ worth of US carbon emissions.
Disha Ravi and the Toolkit Controversy
Disha Ravi was arrested last Saturday on charges of sedition against the Indian government for sharing a ‘toolkit’ document on how to support the farmers’ protests in India. The document contained guidelines on how to participate in and organise protests, mainly focused on creating international awareness of the farmers’ agitation. Her arrest has been criticised as a blatant crackdown on free speech and democracy. This is being seen as an intimidation tactic perpetrated by the federal Indian government. Greta Thunberg, who shared the toolkit via Twitter, has not commented on Ravi’s arrest.
Disha Ravi is a 22-year-old Indian climate activist. She is also a local founder of Fridays for Future, a global movement for climate change begun by Greta Thunberg, 18-year-old climate activist. Ravi has a reputation of being a law-abiding activist. For example, during a recent campaign to save trees, Ravi approached her local government to seek permission before launching her protest.
Ravi was arrested last weekend for sharing a document intended to help Indian farmers protest against new agricultural laws that will be disadvantageous to them. According to the police, Ravi was a “key conspirator” in the “formation and dissemination of this ‘toolkit'”. This document suggested methods of helping the farmers in their protests and was Tweeted by Greta Thunberg. The Indian police said “The call was to wage economic, social, cultural and regional war against India.”
Ravi was charged with sedition – the crime of inciting hatred against the government. Her arrest has been decried as an attack on democracy and free speech. She did not have a lawyer present during her hearing, and one was not provided for her.
Ravi’s arrest is the latest in a series of crackdowns on any dissenters against the Indian government, perpetrated by the state itself.
“I did not make the toolkit. We wanted to support the farmers. I edited two lines on 3 February.” – Disha Ravi
A copy of the toolkit can be found here.