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Good News Tuesday for April 20, 2021: Edible Food Wrap, Green Funeral Movement, Earth Day Summit, Saving Bees at the Airport, and Successful Giraffe Rescue

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Edible Food Wrap Made from Algae and Cinnamon

Scientists from India and Russia have used algae and cinnamon to create an edible, transparent food wrap. The film wraps keep food fresh longer and are also water-soluble. Read more about the process and the science in this article from the Good News Network.

One Option in the Green Funeral Movement

Better Place Forests buys and maintains land for “memorial forest preserves” in Connecticut, Massachusetts, California, Arizona, Minnesota, and soon Illinois as reported in this article from The Good News Network . The article explains, “Every year the (traditional) funeral industry consumes 20 million feet of hardwood, 64,500 tons of steel, 1.6 million tons of concrete, and 5 million gallons of embalming chemicals.” I’d much rather my ashes be in the forest. I might not need my own tree, and the company does not offer cremation, but I still think it’s a step in the right direction. For more information, you can visit: Better Place Forests.

US Hosts Earth Day Summit

US President Joe Biden will host a virtual climate change summit with 40 world leaders on Earth Day. Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg will testify before Congress. Thanks for listening, President Biden! Here’s more.

Saving Bees at the Pittsburg International Airport

When airport wildlife administrator Ben Shertzer found several bee colonies living on the underside of a plane’s wings, master beekeeper Steve Repasky was brought in and relocated the bees. In time, they created apiaries in the woods and fields around the airport. The Good News Network tells more about the project.

Giraffe Rescue Completed

Giraffes in Kenya were transported safely to their new home after their peninsula was cut off by flooding. The Good News Movement reports: “After months of effort, a mother giraffe and her calf were rescued from an island as rising waters of Lake Baringo in Kenya. Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and conservation partners said the rescue of the last two ….. marks the conclusion of a mammoth rescue effort that started in December 2020.”

It’s wonderful to see the care people have put into saving these giraffes.

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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.

15 thoughts on “Good News Tuesday for April 20, 2021: Edible Food Wrap, Green Funeral Movement, Earth Day Summit, Saving Bees at the Airport, and Successful Giraffe Rescue

  1. All good news for the planet today

  2. I second Derrick’s remarks.

  3. Absolutely wonderful news! All of them.
    I am just now reading a book which is built partly around the rescue of two giraffes.
    Astonishing beings.

    Thank you JoAnna

    • Wow! That’s so cool! I’ve always been fascinated by giraffes, especially watching them run, but don’t really know much about them. I might be interested in reading that book.

  4. Interesting and very good stories this week, JoAnna.

  5. I feel that Joe Biden’s recent infrastructure plan announcement should have also included mass solar energy harvestation. For one thing, it may no longer be prudent to have every structure’s entire electricity supply relying on external power lines that are susceptible to being crippled by unforeseen events, including storms of unprecedented magnitude (many Texans may now be realizing this). There also are coronal mass ejections to consider, however rare, in which power grids are vulnerable to potentially extensive damage and long-lasting power outages.

    I, personally, could really appreciate the liberating effect of having my own independently accessed solar-cell power supply (clear skies permitting, of course), especially considering my/our dangerous reliance on electricity.

    Each building having its own solar-cell-panel power storage system — at least as an emergency/backup source of power — makes sense … albeit not to the various big energy corporation CEOs whose concern is dollars-and-cents profit margin. If solar-panel universality would come at the profit-margin expense of the traditional energy production companies, one can expect obstacles, including the political and regulatory sort. If it notably conflicts with corporate big-profit interests, even very progressive motions are greatly resisted, often enough successfully.

    • Thank you for these excellent points well made. Living near the Atlantic coast, I am very familiar with the loss of electricity during big storms. Each building having its own solar-cell-panel power system would be or will be wonderful!

  6. Of course there will be those, usually Internet trolls, who will mock the idea for ‘not being realistic’.
    One based his rebuttal solely on the erroneous notion that if it were possible to have such independent solar-power generation and storage, it would have been done by now and made a few people very wealthy.

    • That was a very illogical rebuttal. Of course it is possible. So many things were thought to be impossible by people without imagination. once upon a time.

      • Unfortunately, when such illogic is widely believed, it’s much easier for some entity to maintain an outdatedly problematic but still very profitable status-quo energy system.

  7. The concept of edible food wrap is amazing. I think there is another packaging material available made of seeds. Once you are done using your product, you can disintegrate that packaging and sow it in the soil.

    • A wrap made made from seeds to sow sounds like fun! Thanks for adding to the good news, Gerardo! If you write a blog post about that, feel free to add a link to the comments!

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