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Good News Tuesday: Students Rising Above & Helpers in New Zealand


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8 Year Old Refugee Living in a Homeless Shelter wins NY Chess Championship

Eight year old Tanitoluwa Adewumi, who goes by Tani, won the New York state championship for his age level. He started playing chess about a year ago in school. Tani and his parents are refugees from Nigeria and live in a homeless shelter in New York. Both of his parents are now working, and one of Tani’s chess coaches has started a gofundme page to help them get a house.  You can read more about Tani and his family here.


Students Strike for the Planet

I’m filled with hope by so many young people around the world striking on behalf of the planet this past Friday. The first video is an in depth report from Australia. The second is more of an overview.

16 Year Old Planet Activist Nominated for Nobel Prize

Greta Thunberg, the 16 year old activist from Sweden has inspired thousands of students around the world to strike for the planet, has been nominated for the Nobel Prize. In August of 2018, Greta started the first school strike for climate. In December, she addressed the UN Climate Change Conference. Recently, Greta became the youngest person to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.  Until I watched her Ted Talk, I didn’t know she has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. She is intensely honest. Greta plans to strike from school “every Friday until Sweden is in line with the Paris Agreement.” Personally, she has stopped flying, stopped eating meat and dairy, and she does not buy new things unless it’s absolutely necessary

“The one thing we need more than hope is action. Once we start to act, hope is everywhere.” __ Greta Thunberg


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Look for the Helpers

The news from Christchurch New Zealand was horrible.  My goal is to remember those 50 people who lost their lives, find a way to honor them, and recognize those who’ve come to help. In my Goodnewsletter this morning, I found 12 stories of hope about the helpers – people who have rallied to help the victims of this tragedy.  Here are a few of those stories:

More than $3.5 million donated in 24 hours to help Christchurch shooting victims

Within hours of the Christchurch mosque attacks, people of various faiths rallied around Muslims

New Zealand will pay for Christchurch victims’ funerals regardless of immigration status
Survivor says ‘hero’ stopped New Zealand massacre by tackling shooter

You can sign up for the Goodnewsletter here.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, 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 as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

17 thoughts on “Good News Tuesday: Students Rising Above & Helpers in New Zealand

  1. I thank Greta Thunberg, the 16 year old activist from Sweden, for her courage and determination in rallying other young people to take action against the existential threat of climate disruption. How shameful that we adults continue to drag our feet in addressing this threat, some of us even denying that such a threat exists!

  2. It’s good to see young people being recognized

  3. Thank you JoAnna for this wonderful and uplifting post.
    You introduce young people with so much strength and determination that it
    brings inspiration to us all.
    Greta Tunberg is amazing in so many ways and her actions for the planet has
    been recognised. Nomintion to Nobel Peace prize at 16 is a first ever.

    All the stories carry positivity and strength. Here we go old world.


  4. good news from you
    and the other
    caring youth 🙂

  5. These are all good news – the Christchurch response is so uplifting

  6. Uplifting news keeps us moving forward in times of chaos. Thank you.

  7. Another wonderful set of stories JoAnna, and Greta Thunberg has created a huge movement of teenagers around the globe with her efforts of raising global awareness of planet earth..
    Here in the UK we have had several days where students and pupils at schools have taken action to bring awareness to the government.. it seems to be landing on deaf ears as all our government is about at the moment is Brexit. And in fighting in politics..

    Loved that eight year olds skill at Chess, and its wonderful a fund was started to help him and his family move out of sheltered accommodation…

    There is so much HOPE in the world.. SO many GOOD stories, So much LOVE in so many people… You know if the main media would start and only show us the good stuff,, This world would soon turn around its vibration ..

    But sadly the main media is a tool being used to suppress and control..

    May we all let our hearts keep shining in the vibration of LOVE and Light… And may people like you dear JoAnna be a beacon for shining that light and sharing it with others..

    Much love my friend.. Take care.. and enjoy your weekend to come.. ❤

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