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Good News Tuesday: Redirecting Unused Food, Dissection Alternatives, Helping Koalas, and New Zealand’s Legislation for the Planet

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

 

Italian Law Directs Wasted Food to the Hungry

Global Citizen reports that Italy has passed a law to send unsold food to charities.  It’s shameful how much food is thrown away when so many people are hungry. The article gives example of how much of the food thrown away is edible:

“….if white rice is mis-labeled basmati rice, it’s food waste. If a vegetable is misshapen it’s food waste. If a cereal box has a tear, food waste. A can with a ripped label also food waste. A bruised fruit, yup, food waste.”

While some countries impose penalties for wasted food, Italy is providing incentives.

You can read more about Italy’s initiative here.

 

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Realistic Replica Can Save Frogs from Dissection

SynDaver—the world’s leading manufacturer of hyper-realistic, synthetic human and animal surgical trainers has created a realistic enough non-living frog model for dissection. Despite the replica being more expensive than a real frog, its synthetic tissues are reusable and free of harmful chemicals like formaldehyde. At least 3 million frogs are killed annually in the name of educational dissection. Isn’t it time we moved toward more humane educational pursuits?

If you’d like to read more about this innovation, click here for the Good News Network article.

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Helping Koalas and Kangaroos in Australia

A group of Dutch quilters making mittens for koalas and pouches for kangaroos suffering from fires in Australia. The mittens and pouches must be made entirely of cotton. Here’s the story from SBS  Dutch.

Other good news within this terrible fire, is that $1,705,390 has been raised to help animals in Australia. Here’s a link to the fundraiserfor the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.  THANK YOU to all the helpers!

New Zealand Commits to Becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050

“In a historic show of bipartisan agreement” New Zealand passed a new law that will require the nation to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.  The Good News Network provides details, and Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden, inspires:

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The Mother’s Voice

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I hear the Mother’s voice

In the birdsong and the breeze.

The path is clear to follow

When I walk among the trees.

 

Can her clarity be carried

To the man-made world of woe?

Or can I just stay longer

And let the river flow?

 

There must be a place of balance

Where I hold long this Grace

And challenge the insanity

But still can hear her voice.

 

The Mother’s voice is calling.

Through wind and stormy seas

We must honor her blessings

Or we will cease to be.

 

This was inspired by Sue Dreamwalker’s post, “Golden Paths – Taking Time to Be”

 

 


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Thursday Tree Love: Thanks for the Shade (and the Oxygen)

Trees at the senior center

These oak trees border one side of the parking lot where I go to yoga class. All summer long, they provided shade for me to park under so my car wouldn’t feel like an oven. This winter, they will likely drop some leaves to let the sunshine in. That’s what trees do, along with giving us oxygen, providing homes for birds, and looking lovely. Aren’t trees  marvelous?!

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Senior center tree moss

The Spanish moss reminds me of hair.

Here are a couple more trees that provide shade in parking lots. Sometimes, I choose where I shop depending on where the trees are.

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parking lot tree w blue sky

Thursday Tree Love is a photo feature hosted on the second and fourth Thursdays by Parul Thakur.

For more tree love, please visit:

https://www.happinessandfood.com/thursdaytreelove-75/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Thursday Tree Love: Survivors

Trees at K Park

Guardians of the playground.

Three separate oaks

Or all from one acorn?

In decades past,

My children played hide and seek

Peeking around their trunks.

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Two years ago

The city marked the middle one,

The one that leaned low.

We neighbors tried to save it,

Talked about a tree sit.

The city said it was diseased.

It could fall on someone’s child.

So we gave in.

And they cut down the middle oak.

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The survivors stand strong,

But surely they miss their friend.

We learn to let go

Remembering the fallen.

 

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Thursday Tree Love is a photo feature hosted by Parul Thakur on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. For more information, visit:

https://www.happinessandfood.com/thursdaytreelove-74/

 


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Good News Tuesday: Banks on Board, Bus Driver Initiative, Tree Top Barbie, and Brain Implant for Blindness

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

130 Banks Commit to Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Banks responsible for one-third of the global banking sector committed to aligning their business with the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals. This was part of the “newly-signed Principles for Responsible Banking, which was launched one day ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit in New York.  Here’s the story from the Good News Network.   

 

School Bus Driver Comes Back to Mow the Grass

Jerry Martin drives a school bus in Texas. When he saw students waiting at a bus stop in weeds and tall grass, he took it upon himself to return with a lawn mower.

Thank you, Mr. Martin!

Here’s the the story also from the Good News Network. 

 

Meet the Woman who Started Tree Top Barbie

Nalini Nadkarni has a passion for studying the canopy. In the early 2000s Mattel turned down her idea for a tree top Barbie, so she made it on her own. 15 years later, after telling Nalini she was infringing on their brand, Mattel reportedly started to include tree top Barbie in their explorer series. When I did a search for tree top Barbie, I didn’t see her, except on International Canopy Network which said they are no longer producing the doll. So, I’ve sent a message to Mattel asking how I can find Tree Top Barbie to buy  for my granddaughter. We’ll see if I can find her. In the meantime, please watch this video about Nalini Nadkani. I think you’ll enjoy it.

 

Brain Implant Restores Vision Perception

Jason Esterhuizen lost his sight in a horrible car accident seven years ago. Now, the native of South Africa is the second person to receive a new brain implant developed at UCLA which helps him see light and movement. He is now able to do things like sort laundry and cross the street more safely. This video explains how the implant works.

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The Ents Helped Save Middle Earth, and We Can Cut Back on Palm Oil

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Thanks to Dan for filling in for Linda today with this interesting prompt:

“…“ent” “ten” “net.” Use one, use two or use all three (bonus points for using two, double-bonus points for using all three). As Linda would say, use ’em any way you’d like. Enjoy!”

At first, I wondered what I’d do with this or if I would even participate, because I’ll be spending most of Saturday with my lively granddaughter. But then, I remembered that Ents are the tree-like characters in The Lord of the Rings, and I’d love to write about them.

But first let’s see if I can do anything with the other two and get double bonus points! Ten minutes. You can handle just about anything for ten minutes or in ten minute increments. Even stuff you don’t like which I don’t want to think about, but maybe some kind of fancy social event with a lot of small talk, or ten minutes of watching Sponge Bob Square Pants with my granddaughter.  But surely we will find something we both like instead. Yeah, okay, Sponge Bob can be funny for about ten seconds, but it’s just too much for me. I do enjoy coloring with her and we’re going to experiment with alcohol inks on tile. Like this:

Fairy and abstract

I made the fairy for my daughter.  Today we’ll go for abstract.

Net. Someone should catch Sponge Bob with a net. No nets for dolphins though. Sponge Bob is just a cartoon. Why do I keep thinking about him?! I hate to think about what happens to dolphins in tuna nets, and I don’t know if I believe any tuna is really “dolphin safe.” Maybe they try. Now my mind is going places I don’t want it to go, so directing the stream of consciousness to the ENTS!

Ents in The Lord of the Rings are tree-like beings, very tall, and slow speaking when the choose to speak. They don’t really like people or hobbits, and don’t want to get involved in the war to save Middle Earth from doom and darkness, but for some reason they change their minds and save the hobbits and play a pretty big role in the battle against the darkness. Now, I’m going to go look for a video to clarify my slightly fuzzy memory of these events.

Okay, so Tree Beard sees the clear cut destruction the evil traitor Saruman and orcs have done to his friends. And the Ents go to war. They attack Isengard. You have to know that the orcs are horribly evil and deserve everything the ents dish out. I love the part where the ent with his/her/its hair on fire runs to the water and bows in to put the fire out. If only it was that easy in the Amazon. But it wasn’t easy at Isengard.

It isn’t easy to stop the evil and destruction threatening our planet, burning the forests, but somehow, it must be possible.

I heard that while major governments like the US, China, and Brazil are not doing much to stop or slow damage to our planet, corporations are starting to take steps. Maybe the power of public opinion, public demand, can influence corporations.

We can only do out part. I wanted to buy some Jiffy Pop Popcorn for my granddaughter and I to make, but it had palm oil. Every microwave popcorn I looked at had palm oil, which mainly comes from the Amazon where habitats are being destroyed for this product and also for beef cattle. So I bought a bag of plain popping corn (sorry about the plastic bag), and I’m going to cook it in olive oil in a pot on the stove top like we did in the olden days.

For more information on Stream of Consciousness Saturday, visit:

https://lindaghill.com/2019/09/27/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-sept-28-19/


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Gentle Curiosity and Genuine Joy

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A parachute set up by students for all to sign

The following is a meditation written and read by a student leader at our local climate strike last Friday. I’m grateful that she let me take a photo of her notes. I offer the last line for One-Liner Wednesday

I ask that we all take a moment to be present in this space. Close your eyes if that’s comfortable. Notice the ground you’re standing on, the feel of your feet on the earth beneath you. Your breath as it travels through your body. The smells in the air…..

Thank you, Mother, for this day.

With each breath, I honor my life and all those that I encounter.

With each inhale, I accept the Mother’s wisdom,

her compassion, her strength, and her kindness.

With each exhale, I release my own ignorance, selfishness, expectations, and apathy.

I commit myself to gentle curiosity and genuine joy.

Noelle Powers

 

“I commit myself to gentle curiosity and genuine joy.”  _Noelle Powers

 

 

One-liner Wednesday is brought to us by Linda Hill. For more information, visit:

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