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Good News Tuesday, May 12, 2020: Renewables Surpass Coal, Elder Recoveries, Eagles in England, and Repaying a Kindness

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Renewable Energy Surpasses Coal for the Month of April in the US

Renewable energy from solar, wind, and hydropower generated more electricity than coal for the month of April in the US. Contributing factors include “…low gas prices, warmer weather, a significant amount of new renewable capacity connecting to the grid late last year, and lower power demand… because of the coronavirus.” Here’s more from the Good News Network. 

 

Elders Recovering from COVID 19

Also from the Good News Network is a story about elders recovering from COVID 19.  Guadalupe and José from Spain, both 88, “had just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary a few weeks earlier when they both became ill with the virus.” Then there’s Carrie Pollock, age 99 in the UK, 104-year-old Ada Zanusso of Biella, Italy, and Cornelia Ras, the Dutch woman who celebrated her 107th birthday on March 17th. You can read their stories, along with some words of wisdom, from the Good News Network. 

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Eagles are Back in England

Eagles had been almost hunted to extinction in the UK. “Now, 240 years after the last sighting, a mature white-tailed eagle was confirmed soaring in the wild high over the North York Moors.” The comeback is the result of several eaglets that were released on the Isle of Wight.”  Here’s that story from The Good News Network

Ireland Repays the Kindness of Native Americans

In 1847, when Ireland was suffering starvation during the potato blight, the North American Choctaw tribe found compassion amidst their own suffering of forced relocation. The tribe raised $170 (almost $5,000 in today’s currency) and sent it across the ocean to help Ireland. Now, the people of Ireland are paying back that debt by helping  the Navajo and Hopi tribes hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.  GNN reports that “almost $2.7 million has been raised so far, with many donations flowing in from Irish citizens expressing gratitude for the help they received so many decades ago.”

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Good News Tuesday April 29, 2020: Publix Helps, Sweden is Done with Coal, a Real Champion, and Groceries by Gondola

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Publix Buys Excess Produce to Donate to Food Banks

US grocery store Publix will buy fresh produce and milk from Florida farmers and southeastern dairies to donate the to food banks.  This will help farmers and decrease waste of food not currently needed in restaurants and schools.  You can read more in this article from NPR.

Sweden Closed its Last Coal Fired Plant

A mild winter helped Sweden close it’s last coal fired plant two years ahead of schedule. This makes Sweden the third European country to kick the coal habit after Austria ended its coal operations earlier this month and Belgium closed its last coal power station in 2016.  The Swedish capital plans for “district heating to be produced entirely by renewable or recycled energy by 2030.” Here’s the story from Independent.

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South Africa Rugby Champion Returns Home to Help

“There’s nothing worse than hunger. There’s nothing worse than listening to your stomach before you go to bed and you just hear grumbling. You have nothing to eat, you’ve got no other choice.”  Siya Kolisi

South Africa’s World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi and his wife Rachel are helping people in the townships with food, protective equipment, and encouragement. This story from CNN contains a  heartfelt video about this true champion.

Women in Venice Deliver Groceries by Gondala

Row Venice is a non-profit group of women who deliver groceries to the elderly and those who cannot shop for themselves. Read more about them in this article from People.com 

Here’s a short video of Row Venice in action: (You might need to click watch on YouTube if it doesn’t play here.)

 

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WATWB: 13 Year Old Makes Medical Masks Less Painful

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Thirteen-year-old Quinn Callander from Canada saw photos of doctors and nurses with injuries from long hours in medical masks. Then he saw a plea from hospitals asking for ear guards to help relieve some of the pressure on health-care workers ears and faces.

For his birthday, Quinn had gotten the 3-D printer he asked for and made some ear guards from an internet design.  After Quinn’s mother, “Heather Roney, posted a couple of photos of her son and his ear guard project on her Facebook page… requests came flying in.”

Quinn’s printer is now going 24/7 and he’s made more than 500 ear guards that help ease the pain of medical care professionals around the world.

I hope you’ll read more about Quinn and his project in this Washington Post article. 

We Are The World Blogfest is a monthly effort to bring positive stories of hope to the world. We share these stories on the last Friday of every month. Thank you to this month’s co-hosts:

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Good News Tuesday, April 21, 2020: Support for Health Care Workers, Planet Earth, Living Kindly, and Captain Tom Walks the Walk

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Support for Health Care Workers

It does our hearts good to read about all the people supporting and donating to health care workers. Here’s just one example among many: To celebrate their birthdays, two teenagers had the idea to give free gasoline to first responders, police officers, doctors, nurses, and other health care workers coming to their family’s business, Harry’s Food Mart in Massachusetts. Delivery fees were also waved by J&S Transport company delivering the gas.

For Planet Earth

Tomorrow is Earth Day, and while we need at least a whole month to celebrate and honor Mother Earth, I wanted to include some good news about how people are working to help the planet.  Here are ways to be creative with solar panels in driveways and at church.

The Budapest-based startup, Platio Solar has developed a residential solar paneled driveway made out of recycled plastic bottles. According to the website, “a 20-square-meter (215-square-foot) driveway system has the capacity to cover the yearly energy consumption of an average household.” Or it The Good News Network provides details. 

A Polish priest inspired by Pope Francis used his own money to put a 70 foot cross of solar panels on his church. By day, the cross provides the electricity for the church’s lighting, heating, and air conditioning. By night, it provides a colorful neon light show.  Here’s more on that story which I found in my Goodnewsletter.

Living Kindly for Animals

The animal welfare group, Live Kindly, has an abundance of  good news for animals in the following video, like Dr. Fauci recommending an end to live animal markets, dogs and cats no longer being listed as livestock in China, a bill to ban ivory sale in Washington DC, sea turtles nesting freely, and Paul McCartney making sure Lisa Simpson is still a vegetarian before he goes on The Simpsons. If you love animals and the earth, this is good news.

 

99 Year Old Veteran Walks the Walk

In just two weeks, Captain Tom Moore has raised over 13 million pounds for England’s National Health Service by walking 100 lengths of his back garden before his 100th birthday.  Now, there’s a campaign for Captain Tom to be knighted. Captain Tom reminds us that we’re never too old to make a difference whether by walking or with a smile.

UPDATE: Thanks to Derrick for this update in the comments: “Captain Tom didn’t stop there. Stating that he would continue walking as long as people continued giving, by 18th April the total had passed £23,000,000.”

It was hard to pick just one video about Captain Tom, so I urge you to watch others too.

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#WATWB: Schools and Teachers Looking Out For Homebound Students

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Happy Anniversary to WATWB -going strong for 3 Years!

“…We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit.”

Belinda Witzenhausen

 

Before we get to my two stories (I couldn’t just pick one), I want to say thank you to all the people working hard to provide basic needs. Doctors, nurses, first responders, sanitation workers, grocery store workers, and other public servants, thank you for your service and dedication!

While schools are closed, school bus drivers, staff, and  even principals are delivering meals to students who may have depended on school lunch programs. Here’s just one of many examples:   https://youtu.be/xVUrukDo-8Q

 

And here’s a touching story from a reported who calls herself, “Your Neighborhood Hope Dealer” about two teachers who left affirming chalk messages at their students’ homes.

This month’s #WATWB co-hosts are Sylvia McGrath,
Damyanti Biswas, Shilpa Garg, Dan Antion, and Belinda Witzenhausen.

 

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#WATWB: Veterinarian Cares for Homeless People’s Pets for Free

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For the past nine years, Dr. Kwane Stewart has been visiting homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and walking the streets and alleyways of California to take care of homeless pets for free. He and his vet tech, Genesis, do this work in their spare time. They understand that pets are family.  Dr. Stewart has a gofundme page for help with supplies, medication, and pet food.

You can read more about the the street vet in the following story from from the Good News Network:

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/veterinarian-treats-homeless-peoples-pets-for-free/

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This post is part of the We Are the World Blogfest, a monthly blogging event created by Damyanti Biswas and Belinda Witzenhausen to showcase stories of hope and light.

This month’s co-hosts are:

https://www.professorowlsbookcorner.wordpress.com/“Sylvia McGrath
https://drkillpatient01.wordpress.com/“Peter Nena
http://shilpaagarg.com/“>Shilpa Garg
https://ericlahti.wordpress.com/“Eric Lahti
https://bwitzenhausen.wordpress.com/”Belinda Witzenhausen.

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Good News Tuesday 2/25/20: Thunberg Foundation, 8 Hour Plank, Saving a Coastal Ecosystem, and Newlywed Cops Stop a Robbery on their Date Night

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Greta Thunberg uses Award Money to Start a Foundation for the Earth

Greta Thunberg, 17, won the Right Livelihood Award in December. The award is known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize.” Greta plans to use the ($100,000) prize money to establish the Greta Thunberg Foundation in Sweden. You can read more in this article from Global Citizen.

62 Year Old Breaks World Record with 8 Hour Plank

62-year-old George Hood, a retired law enforcement officer, broke the world record for holding the plank position for over 8 hours. George used imagery of being a strongly rooted tree and listened to rock music while breaking the planking record.  He wants to break the stigma of seeking help for mental health issues.

His advice for other people looking to hold even just a 20-second plank or do one push-up is to just get started. (GMA)

I’m going for the 20-second plank.

Here’s the story from Good Morning America.

 

Scottish Government Protects Important Coastal Ecosystem

Citizens and wildlife groups worked for four years to protect the Coul Links coastal area from a proposed golf course.  On February 21, 2020, the Scottish government decided to decline the golf course application. Here’s an excellent video from the campaign to save Coul Links including the message: “We have to put a higher value on nature.”

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

                                                            Margaret Mead

 

Newlywed Police Couple Stops Robbery

Detective Chase McKeown and Officer Nicole McKeown have been married for six months. While off duty at their weekly Saturday night date at a fast food restaurant, they saw a robbery in progress and went into action. They chased the perp out of the store and caught him. Here’s the story:

 

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