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Good News Tuesday for Jan. 19, 2021: Germany’s Renewable Energy Success, City’s De-escalation Training Pays Off, US Capitol Clean UPs, and High School Senior Opens Email at Mom’s Grave

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Germany Used More Renewable Energy than Fossil Fuels in 2020

In 2020, the world’s fourth largest economy used more renewable energy than fossil fuels. Here are the details from the Good News Network.

Newark, NJ De-escalation Program: No Shots Fired in 2020

In the city of Newark, New Jersey, no police officer fired a weapon while on duty in 2020. City leaders credit a de-escalation program implemented two years ago. Overall crime was down 6%. Learn more here.  

US Capitol Clean Ups by a Congressman and Veterans

Congressman Andy Kim was cleaning up litter in the US Capitol at 1:00 on the morning after the attack on his Capitol. Representative Kim was in a separate office building during the attack, but when he saw the awful mess later that night, he felt compelled to help clean it up. With tears in his eyes, he told Congressman Dean Phillips, who spoke last week at a Braver Angels event, that he couldn’t stand seeing capitol that way and wouldn’t rest until it was cleaned up. Here’s more from NBC News.

In a related story, a group of veterans volunteered in a clean-up event near Capitol Hill Sunday picking up trash, debris and graffiti after last week’s riot. Here’s more from The Hill.

High School Senior Opens Email at Mother’s Gravesite

Skylar’s mom passed away in 2016 on the last day of 7th grade. When Skylar saw the email from Duke University, she didn’t open it right away. Not knowing whether she was accepted into Duke, her first choice, she took her laptop, and her dad, to her mother’s grave, to open it. You can read more about Skylar here at Good Morning America. Watch what happened at the gravesite and be ready to be moved.

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Thanks to the cities of Newark and Washington, I included today’s Just Jot January prompt: “city.” For details on Just Jot January and fantastic stories from our host, Linda Hill, visit:

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Good News Tuesday for Jan. 12, 2021: Democracy Prevailed, Women in the Catholic Church, Rice ATM, A Returned Wallet, and Food from the Heart

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Democracy Prevailed

After domestic terrorists attacked the US Capitol building on Wednesday in an attempted coup, members of congress evacuated to safety. The coup failed. Lawmakers returned to their posts that same evening and finished their jobs. Working through the night, they certified the Electoral College votes confirming Joe Biden as the 46th US president. The announcement was made at 3:40 AM on Thursday. Later that day, Donald Trump stated for the first time that “there will be an orderly transition on January 20.” We don’t know what the future holds, but on the morning of Thursday January 7, democracy prevailed. This article from MSN provides details and historical perspectives.

Pope Francis Gives Women More Opportunity to Serve in the Catholic Church

 Pope Francis, “in another step towards greater equality for women in the Roman Catholic Church,” decreed on Monday that women will be allowed to serve as readers at liturgies, altar servers and distributors of communion. These things have been happening in some churches, but the decree formalizes and ensures the opportunity to be allowed even in conservative Catholic parishes.

Rice ATM

In India, Ramu Dosapati has spent close to $61,000 of his own money to create a ‘Rice ATM’, giving out rice and other necessities 24 hours a day, to those in need. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Girl Donates Birthday Money to Homeless Man who Returned Grandma’s Wallet

Sean Curry, who has been homeless for five years, found a wallet in a dumpster behind a coffee shop. He found no cash, but there were credit, debit, and medical cards in the wallet. Sean arranged to have the wallet returned to the owner, Evelyn Topper. Evelyn’s grand daughter, Mikayla had planned her 12th birthday party to include a drop off for charity donations. She gave the several hundred dollars in birthday money, to Sean. For more details and a video from the Good News Network, click here.

Food from the Heart

The Sakina Grill has served rich and poor alike. When the pandemic threatened the business, the community rallied in support with over 65 donors contributing more than a quarter of a million dollars. You can learn more about the Sakina Grill and be inspired by owner/chef Kazi Mannan here.

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Good News Tuesday for Jan. 5, 2021: Homeless Man Rescues Shelter Animals from Fire, Tribe Reclaims Ancestral Lands, A Grocery Store on Wheels, and Inspiration One Step at a Time

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Homeless Man Rescues 16 Dogs and Cats from Shelter Fire

Keith Walker is homeless. He has arranged for his dog, Bravo, to spend nights at an animal shelter in Atlanta run by W-Underdogs – an organization that helps animals as well as underserved youth. When Keith arrived at W-Underdogs on December 18 to see Bravo, the building was on fire. Keith rushed in and saved all the animals in the shelter. Here’s the story from The Good News Network.

Nez Perce Tribe reclaims 148 Acers of Ancestral Lands in Oregon

Though the land was rightfully theirs,  the the US Army forced the Nez Perce to leave in 1877 in violation of a treaty.

“It’s not just some place our people visited. The very ground we walk on is made up of our ancestors. That’s how deep our connection is.” __ Nakia Williamson-Cloud, cultural resource program director for the Nez Perce Tribe

Click the link below to read the story:
https://www.opb.org/article/2020/12/25/nez-perce-tribe-eastern-oregon-reclaims-ancestral-land/

A Grocery Store on Wheels

A bus in Missouri makes the rounds with groceries and household items. Watch the grocery bus in action by clicking this link: Grocery Store on Wheels .

Step By Step

Paralympic International Medalist Blake Leeper was being fitted for his new running legs when he met 2-year-old, KJ, who was trying out his prosthetic leg for the very 1st time. Watch Mr. Leeper encourage KJ one step at a time.

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Good News Tuesday for Dec. 29, 2020: Learning by Radio, Vaccines for New Zealand’s Neighbors, the Woman who Stopped Monsanto, and the Girl who Saved a Shark

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Distance Learning by Radio

In many places around the world, lack of internet and TV access prevents distance learning. This is particularly challenging for girls and young women who may be pressured to do more household chores or marry early since not going to school. An organization called Mercy Corps has been helping young women continue education using radio programs. To read about how this works in Nigeria, Nepal, and Jordan, click here.

New Zealand Buys COVID 19 Vaccines for Pacific Neighbors

New Zealand’s government will be supporting its Pacific neighbors by making sure they have access to COVID – 19 vaccines. They will be purchasing enough vaccines for Tokelau, Niue, and the Cook Islands as well as Polynesian neighbors Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu if needed. I was curious how close these islands are to the New Zealand mainland and was surprised at the vast distances between these islands. Here’s more from The Good News Network.

The Woman Who Stopped Monsanto

Indigenous Mayan beekeeper Leydy Pech was awarded the 2020 Goldman Prize often called the environmental Nobel. Ms. Pech formed and led a coalition that “successfully halted Monsanto’s planting of genetically modified soybeans in southern Mexico.” I hope you will read more about her work at the link below where you will find her brief but powerful acceptance speech. Leydy Pech – Goldman Environmental Foundation : Goldman Environmental Foundation (goldmanprize.org)

Eleven Year Old Saves a Young Shark

At a beach in Australia, eleven year old Billie Rae saw a small shark stuck between some rocks. She quickly and carefully picked up the shark and carried it to safety. I can’t help but admire Billie’s poise and courage.

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Good News Tuesday for Dec. 22, 2020: US Relief Package, Boston Fire Rescue, and John Krasinski’s SGN Holiday Special

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US Congress Agrees on COVID Relief/Stimulus Package

 On Sunday, US congressional lawmakers finally reached a compromise on a $900 billion stimulus package to send relief to Americans and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Monday night, they passed the bill to send $600 to most Americans. You can find details in this report from Good Morning America.

Boston Fire Rescue

Everyone Got Out Safely in this Boston Apartment Fire:

“Some Good News” Holiday Special

You might remember John Krasinski’s “Some Good News” series from a while back. He starts this special holiday edition by sharing, in his good natured goofy way, how his fans depict him, then he does a little decorating. The good news report starts at around 3 minutes in with a good news lightening round. Then there’s the story about the guy who paid his neighbors overdue utility bills, followed by appreciation for Fed Ex, a weather report by George Clooney, “Parent’s that Rock,” and “The Rock” playing Santa for the single dad who was selling his collectibles on e-bay to get his kids Christmas presents. Thank you to the “Some Good News” team for finding and promoting the good news!

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Good News Tuesday for Dec. 15, 2020: US Vaccines, Protecting Polar Bears, Toronto’s Oldest Tree, Recognizing Teachers, and Neighbors Support Black Santa

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US Begins Vaccinating for COVID 19

The first doses of vaccines against COVID 19 were administered on Monday at US hospitals after FDA approval on Friday. The emergency use authorization released 2.9 million doses to 636 sites across the country, starting with front line health care workers followed by nursing homes and long term care facilities. Here’s more from Good Morning America

A Victory to Protect Polar Bears

A US court of appeals ruled against an offshore drilling project in the Artic. Read about why this is a huge victory for polar bears in this article from the Good News Network.

Saving Toronto’s Oldest Tree

The huge 250 year old red oak was in danger until the city of Toronto voted last month to create a mini park around the tree by adding to donations. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Recognizing Teachers

 As winner of the Global Teacher Prize, Ranjitsinh Disale decided to give half of his $1m (£750,000) to runners-up in the competition from countries including Italy, Brazil, Vietnam, Malaysia, Nigeria, South Africa, South Korea, the US and the UK. Click here for details from BBC

Neighbors Support Family with Black Santa

After Chris Kennedy received a letter telling him to remove the black Santa from his yard and move out of the neighborhood, Chris received support from his community. His neighbors put up their own black Santas. The letter had the neighborhood association address taped to the envelope, but the head of that association visited Chris to make it clear the letter did not come from them and that they want Chris and his family there. Chris originally had only one black Santa in his yard. Then a company donated the second one. (Personally, I believe that since Santa is magic, he can be any color. Anything is possible! )

You can learn more from this article in The Washington Post and the interview with Chris below:

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Good News Tuesday for Dec. 8, 2020: Vaccines in the UK, Paris Climate Agreement, Saving Rainforests, Reducing Restaurant Trash, and Elephant Companionship

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Vaccines Against COVID 19 Begin in the UK

The United Kingdom starts it’s first wave of COVID 19 vaccines today with people over 80 and front-line health care workers. Here’s more from Good Morning America.

Major US Businesses Support Rejoining Paris Agreement

Amazon, General Motors, and Walmart were among the 42 companies that signed a letter stating they “view climate action as a business imperative,” and urging President-elect Joe Biden and lawmakers to re-enter the US into the Paris Climate Agreement. Here’s more from Good Morning America

Indigenous Leader Recognized for Work to Save Rainforests

Nemonte Nenquimo won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, also known as “The Green Nobel,” for her work in saving 500,000 acres in Ecuador’s rainforests from oil companies. Her leadership set a legal precedent for indigenous rights. Read more from the Good News Network.

Restaurant Close to Zero Waste (Seven Months Trash Free)

I’m proud of my hometown restaurant, Sealevel City Vegan Diner for their commitment to reducing waste and recycling. They reopened with new owners right before the pandemic hit, but have stayed open doing lots of curbside take out. This article in Port City Daily reports Sealevel hadn’t emptied a trash bin in seven months.

Lonely Elephant Rescued

Kaavan, a 36 year old Asian elephant spent years in a Islamabad “zoo,” where he “suffered from a lack of exercise as well as cracked and malformed nails due to living in an inappropriate structure.” After Kaavan’s partner died in 2012, he became known as the “world’s loneliest elephant.” Singer, Cher has been part of a social media campaign to save him. Kaavan has been transported to the Cambodia Elephant Sanctuary where he is slowly being introduced to new friends. You can read more about Kaavan in this article from CNN

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Good News Tuesday for Dec. 1, 2020: Alternative Arthritis Treatment, Free Moves to Safety, Indigenous Owned Solar Farm, and a High School Grocery Store

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New Treatment for Arthritis

A study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America presented a significant reduction in pain for patients with moderate to severe arthritis. The procedure involves “a low-grade current known as radiofrequency that ‘stuns’ (the specific nerve site) slowing the transmission of pain to the brain.” This article from the Good News Network gives a good overview.

Free Moves for Victims of Domestic Violence Leaving Unsafe Homes

College Hunks Hauling Junk recently announced the company will move domestic violence victims referred by agencies at no cost. You can read more about this awesome company and how they were inspired by another moving company in this article from GNN.

Indigenous Owned Solar Farm Opens in Alberta Canada

“Canada’s largest indigenous-owned solar farm has just been opened in the Northern Alberta community of Fort Chipewyan.” Here’s the story from GNN

Grocery Store in a Texas High School

A high school in Texas turned an extra classroom into a grocery store. The store does not accept cash. Instead, students earn points for positive work done in the community and helping with chores and clean up in the classroom and around campus.

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Good News Tuesday for Nov. 23, 2020: Mental Health 911, Zoom On, Solar Schools Raise Teacher Pay, Solar Windows from Vegetable Waste, and TWO Animal Videos!

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New York Program to Deploy Mental Health Experts to Mental Health 911 Calls

A pilot program to begin early next year has started training mental heath workers and EMTs to be the first responders in mental health 911 calls instead of police. The goal will be to de-escalate the crisis and help get people the help they need. If there is a weapon or imminent risk of violence, NYPD officers will respond alongside the mental health workers.

Here’s more from NBC New York .

Zoom On for Thanksgiving

CNN reports that Zoom is lifting its 40 minute limit for free calls on Thanksgiving.

Schools Save Money with Solar Panels and Raise Teacher Pay

“An Arkansas school district saved so much money from switching to solar power for their buildings, they were able to bump up their teachers’ salaries and eliminate their budget deficits.” Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Student Makes Solar Windows from Vegetable Waste

A University student from the Philippines, Carvey Maigue, invented solar solar windows that transform crop waste into renewable electricity. Further fascination for me comes with noting this process is related to the phenomena creating the Northern lights. Learn more from this article from Esquire which I originally found in my Goodnewsletter.

Walter Made it Home!

Walter was missing for almost a year. He got away while Kate Olson, who lives in New Hampshire, was visiting St. Louis with Walter. Kate extended her stay in St. Louis to look for Walter, but had to return home and continued to search through social media. After missing for almost a year, Walter was caught by Lost Paws Trapping. Here’s the reunion:

Bonus Video: Rescued Swan Rides to Safety on the Subway

Ariel Cordova-Rojas carried a 17 pound swan in one arm while walking her bike with the other for a mile until she found help. Then they took the subway to a bird rescue where it was discovered the swan had lead poisoning, but is doing okay now. Here’s the video:

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Good News Tuesday for Nov. 17, 2020: A COVID Recovery Story, Roaming Rhinos, Muslim Men Guard a Catholic Cathedral, and A Very Special Ironman

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Mom returns home after 100 days of battling COVID-19 

Soon after giving birth, Reyna Lopez tested positive for COVID-19. After more than 100 days in the hospital where she had to be sedated for much of that time, Reyna is finally home with her family. Here’s the rest of the story from Good Morning America

How the San Antonio Zoo Increased Habitat

 “What if we just leave those doors open and allow the animals on each side to roam back and forth?” Tim Morrow as new CEO of the San Antonio Zoo.

In an ideal world, we wouldn’t need zoos. In an idea world, all animals would have plenty of natural habitat. Still, I commend zoos where they try to increase natural habitat. That’s what happened recently at the San Antonio zoo which created a “savanna crossing” between habitats. I found this at J-Dubs Grin and Bear it. You can read more and see a video of rhinos exploring their new space and neighbors in this article.

Group of Muslim Men Guard Notre-Dame Basilica After Attack

After a deadly attack on the Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice last month, a group of French Muslims coordinated with police to help guard the catholic church for all-saints weekend. They plan to do the same for Christmas mass. Here’s more of the story from The Good News Network.

First Ironman with Down Syndrome

Chris Nikic didn’t walk until he was four years old. “But, for Nikic, who has Down syndrome, anything is possible.” Earlier this month, he completed the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run known as the Ironman triathlon with 14 minutes to spare. Here’s the rest of the story from Good Morning America and here’s the video showing Chris and his guide on all three parts of the triathlon.

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