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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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#WATWB: Volunteers Turn Old School Buses into Homes for Working Homeless Families

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A School Bus from Pixabay

 

Julie Atkins, a freelance journalist based in Oregon, spent some time living with the homeless. She became interested in the working homeless and discovered one family living in an old school bus. This led Julie to starting the non-profit Vehicles for Change. Schools donate the buses and volunteers make them into homes.  The bus homes provide mobility and hope for working families.

Learn more about how it all got started and the families in  this article from People.

 

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#WATWB is a monthly celebration of positive news stories. The world needs to know that positive news is abundant. For more WATWB stories, visit the Facebook Page

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Guidelines:

  1. Keep your post to below 500 words.
  2. All we ask is you link to a human news story on your blog on the last Friday of each month, one that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Something like this news, about a man who only fosters terminally ill children.
  3. Join us on the last Friday of each month in sharing news that warms the cockles of our heart. No story is too big or small, as long as it goes beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.
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  5. We’ll read and comment on each others’ posts, get to know each other better, and hopefully, make or renew some friendships with everyone who signs on as participants in the coming months.


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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

 

 

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Good News Tuesday: Animal Research, A Dedicated Employee, and Global Strike for Climate Action

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EPA to Phase Out Animal Research and Fund More Humane Alternatives

Here’s the story from the Good News Network.   With so many alternatives available, it makes sense to use them.

21 Year Old Takes Care of 90 Guests for 32 Hour Shift as the Only Employee at Hotel During Flooding

Satchel Smith was supposed to work the 3 to 11 shift at the hotel in Texas, but tropical storm Imelda flooded the roads and no one could get in or out. Satchel was the only employee at Homewood Suites during the 32 hours with 90 guests. Normally a front desk clerk, he cooked and provided other services answering questions with a positive attitude though he said later, it was “intense.” Read more about Satchel and the experience in this CNN article.

Global Climate Strike

While I haven’t seem much good news coming from the UN summit so far, the climate activism movement is gaining momentum. It’s been reported that millions of citizens of Earth, most of them children and teenagers, engaged in climate action starting with strikes, marches and protests on Friday. Here is one of many videos summarizing Friday’s activism. Thank you to the “children” leading the way.

 

And here’s one more video with a message that made me want to yell, YES!

  “We will never back down.”   Jean Hinchliffe, Student Activist, Sydney Australia

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Good News Tuesday: Solo Sailing Record, The Ethical Pub, Elephant Retirement, and Compassionate Students

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Woman Sets Record as Oldest Person to Sail Around the World Solo

Jeanne Socrates, 77, of Great Britain, attempted the trip in 2017 but had to stop because she broke her neck and ribs as reported in this article from Good Morning America

Most Ethical Pub

The Green Vic of London is setting out to become the world’s most ethical pub. They hire people who are vulnerable: the homeless, people coming out of prison, and veterans. Their menu is 100% plant based, and they donate abundantly.  The video here is a little noisy, so you might want to check out the one on the Green Vic Website:

https://www.betterworld.love/

 

 

Elephant Retirement

Denmark bought its country’s last four circus elephants to give them a proper retirement. The country is preparing to ban the use of normally wild animals in circuses.  Here’s the story.

 

High School Students Rise to Compassion and Generosity

A high school freshman in Memphis, TN was bullied for wearing the same clothes every day. Then these two classmates gave him some clothes including new shoes. The students’ share their thoughts and feelings in this video.

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Good News Tuesday: Helpers, Fur, and Friendship

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Helpers after the Storm

This BBC article highlights some of stories of those who helped after Hurricane Dorian including six year old Jermaine Bell  who used  money he’d been saving for Disney to help feed evacuees.

Many cruise ships diverted to the Bahamas to become relief vessels after Hurricane Dorian. Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean provided supplies and free transportation to evacuees and those returning home. The Equinox, of Celebrity cruise lines, interrupted their Caribbean itinerary so that their kitchen staff could serve 10,000 meals Cruise guests volunteered to plate and pack them. Here’s their story.

And don’t forget Chef Jose Andres is one who jumped right in and went the extra mile.

California Bans Fur Trapping

California has become the first US state to ban trapping mammals and other non-game animals for fur. Not only is trapping animals for fur cruel to the “target” animals, but also to dogs, cats, and birds who accidentally get trapped. This article from The Good News Network shares how the ban will save taxpayers money.

High School Seniors Step Up in Friendship

High school freshman Cale Wrenn, 14, had a rough time on his first days. Classmates made fun of him for being short, and he ate lunch alone. After his sister, Leah, asked for help on twitter, high school seniors, including Demontez Canada, who is a member of the football and basketball teams, became his friends. Watch the video below and imagine a world where compassion and friendship flow easily.

 

Good news is out there!

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Good News Tuesday: Immunotherapy, Rainforest Helpers, and Gifts from a Retired Teacher

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Immunotherapy Treatment Eliminated All Tumors in Woman with Advanced Breast Cancer.

A new immunotherapy approach removed all the tumors in a woman with advanced metastatic breast cancer. The research done by the National Cancer Institute was published in Nature Medicine and involves the enhancement of naturally occurring tumor infiltrating lymphocytes.  Here’s the story from Forbes.

Hope for the Rainforest

The news about the fires in the Amazon rainforest is far from good, but there are helpers. The article below headlines the Group of Seven countries vowing to help Brazil fight the fires. The article also mentions investigations into how the fires got started and strong voices of the people of South America demanding more protection for the lungs of the planet. This does not mean everything is going to be okay. Our planet is screaming for help. I’m thankful that some people are starting to take this seriously, and I hold up these stories in hopes of giving them, the helpers, power.

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2019/08/25/g7-leaders-vow-to-help-brazil-fight-fires-repair-damage/23801225/

Leonardo DiCaprio is contributing five million dollars to the Amazon Forest Fund, an emergency response created by Earth Alliance. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

This article gives suggestions about what we can all do to help including reducing our consumption of paper, wood, beef, soybeans, and palm oil.

Finally, here’s the story of chief Ajareaty Waiapi, and her mission to save Brazil’s forests.

Please join me in praying for whatever is needed to stop the fires in Brazil and for the healing of our precious planet.

He Remembered His Teacher

Chris is a 30 year old man with special needs and operates cognitively on a 6th grade level. He was wandering the streets when police stopped him. When they asked him who they could call to help him, Chris could only remember the name of his middle school teacher, Miss Gerard, who ended up taking him. Michell Gerard plans to become Chris’s guardian. She discovered he had never had a birthday party. Watch what happened!

Good news is out there!

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