International Youth Participate in Global Climate Strike + More News

by Debra Brown

Global Climate Strike

ATPB NEWS: Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.


Global Climate Strike

The global climate strike in New York City concluded with remarks from indigenous leaders, activists, and organizers. Artemisa Xakriabá, a 19-year-old indigenous climate activist of the Xakriabá people, spoke about the increasing intensity of environmental destruction across Brazil and the interconnectedness of the fight for climate justice.

Artemisa Xakriabá represented more than 25 million indigenous and traditional communities from the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities at the global climate strike. This alliance is formed by four organizations: APIB from Brazil, COICA from the Amazon Basin, AMPB from Central America and AMAN from Indonesia. Together, they protect 600 million hectares of forest.

Greta Thunberg and 15 other children filed a complaint with the United Nations on Monday alleging that five of the world’s major economies have violated their human rights by not taking adequate action to stop the unfolding climate crisis. In their filing, the children from 12 different nations, detail how they say their human rights have been violated. The petition names Germany, France, Brazil, Argentina, and Turkey.

The United States, which has contributed more global warming-inducing carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than any other country, and China, which currently emits more greenhouse gases than any other country, cannot be held in violation because it has not ratified the part of the treaty that allows children to seek justice for potential violations.


Nancy Pelosi announces impeachment inquiry into Trump

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the U.S. House of Representatives would begin a formal impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump, over allegations that the president sought the help of a foreign country to harm a political rival. 

In her official announcement, Pelosi noted that the chairs of six key House committees already involved in investigating Trump and his administration would make recommendations to the House judiciary committee, which has the authority to handle impeachment. Their reports could help form articles of impeachment brought against the president.

Pelosi’s announcement follows allegations that Trump pressured the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in a July phone call to investigate the son of Joe Biden, the former vice-president and the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination to compete for the White House in the 2020 presidential election.


Thousands protest against new criminal code in Indonesia

Thousands of students have taken to the streets in Indonesia to protest against a draft bill that would include outlawing extramarital sex as well as a controversial new law that could weaken the nation’s anti-corruption body. Thousands of students gathered outside the parliament building in Jakarta, calling for the government to suspend its plans to ratify the draft code. Police fired teargas and water cannon to disperse the demonstrators.

If passed, the new laws would usher in sweeping changes that activists have described as a disaster for human rights and democratic freedoms. Besides outlawing adultery, and effectively gay sex, the draft code could also result in women who have unlawful abortions being jailed for four years, and would expand the country’s controversial blasphemy law, which has been used to repeatedly prosecute religious minorities.

President Joko Widodo announced that he had ordered parliament to postpone the bill, saying more time was needed to hear revisions.


Mattel launches first ‘gender neutral’ dolls

Barbie manufacturer Mattel has launched a new line of “gender-inclusive” dolls that its creators say will enable all children to “express themselves freely”.

Mattel tested the doll with 250 families across seven states, including 15 children who identify as trans, gender-nonbinary, or gender-fluid and rarely see themselves reflected. 

The “Creatable World” toys come with several different clothing options, accessories, and hairstyles so that kids can style their doll with short or long tresses and dress them in a skirt, trousers or both. The line-up also features dolls with physical disabilities, including one with a prosthetic limb and another that comes with a wheelchair.

In the past decade, toy companies have begun to tear down gender barriers. Smaller businesses like GoldieBlox, which launched in 2012 and builds engineering toys targeting girls.


UK leader Johnson faces calls to resign after court finds Parliament shutdown unlawful

The U.K. Supreme Court ruled that U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s move to shut down parliament was illegal, immediately triggering calls for him to step down.

Speaking at the Supreme Court in Westminster, the President of the U.K.’s highest court, Brenda Hale, said that the judges had found unanimously that the suspension was a matter for judges to decide upon and courts had the right to decide on the extent and limits of shutting down Parliament.


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