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Good News Tuesday: Warm Rooms, Free MH Crisis Clinic, A Law for Animals, and Solar Batteries

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A Warm Place in Chicago

Volunteer, Candice Payne used her personal credit card to get hotel rooms for homeless people during a record-setting freeze in Chicago. Then, other volunteers joined in and followed her lead.

 

 

Nashville Opens Free 24 Hour Mental Health Clinic

Designed to streamline assessments of mental health patients in crisis, this clinic is open to the public who can come in any time. You can read the Nashville Public Radio post or watch the video below of the grand opening.

Having worked in the mental health and crisis fields, I know how important it is for people in crisis to have easier access to services. The Nashville program sounds to be compassionate and well thought out.  If you don’t have time to watch the whole video, at least listen to the first few minutes.

 

 

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Lawmakers Aim to make Animal Abuse a Felony in US

Representatives Ted Deutch and Vern Buchanan — a democrat and a republican, respectively — are introducing the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act  a new bill that will make animal cruelty a felony in the United States. Let’s hope it passes. Click here for details in Green Matters.

 

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Solar Batteries on the Way

A research group in Sweden has developed a storage system that uses a special molecule in liquid form to store solar power.  They hope the system will be available for commercial use within the next ten years. Here’s how it works:

“First, the liquid captures energy from sunlight in a solar thermal collector on the roof of a building. Then it is stored at room temperature, leading to minimal energy losses. When the energy is needed, it can be drawn through the catalyst so that the liquid heats up. The warmth could then be utilized in, for example, domestic heating systems, after which the liquid can be sent back up to the roof to collect more energy – all completely free of emissions, and without damaging the molecule.”

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Click here for the article from The Good News Network.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again. I also paint angels.

9 thoughts on “Good News Tuesday: Warm Rooms, Free MH Crisis Clinic, A Law for Animals, and Solar Batteries

  1. I like the idea of making animal cruelty a crime. I don’t know why we don’t have that already on the books.

    • I think most states have it as a misdemeanor at least. This law would make it a felony in all states. It makes sense, not just for the sake of the animals, but also because people who abuse animals are more likely to abuse other people.

  2. I love this post so much. I especially Love the idea of folks really trying to help the homeless. I also love the idea that a Democrat and Republican are coming together to create a law where it would be a felony to abuse animals. Though I wish this law had been in place for many years already, I am really glad that people are coming together and honoring those who do not have a voice. There’s that saying, “how you treat the least among you is a testament to how advanced you are as a society.” I’d like to think that perhaps human civilization is truly advancing and progressing for the betterment of all, and for the planet.

    • Thank you for appreciating these stories. Yes, I like to think we are making progress overall. If the mainstream media would spend at least half their time on good news stories, it would be easier to see and reinforce the progress. Thank you!

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