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Good News Tuesday for Nov. 30, 2021: Scout to the Rescue, Overcoming Pancreatic Cancer, Bees Survive Volcanic Ash, and the Accidental Text that Led to a Thanksgiving Tradition

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Boy Scout Rescues Couple and Dog Lost on the Trail

David King, a 12-year-old boy scout in Hawaii, was working to earn his hiking merit badge, when he and his mom discovered a couple and their dog lost on the trail. It was late in the day, the couple had run out of water, their cell phones weren’t working, and their large dog Smokey couldn’t walk, because his feet had been cut by the trail. Read about how scout David made a stretcher with T shirts for Smokey and helped the couple find their way in this article from CNN.

Overcoming Pancreatic Cancer

After battling pancreatic cancer for a year and a half, Robyn Hobson is cancer free. It’s been a rough road, and she still has an uphill climb. Robyn had surgery to remove part of her pancreas, her spleen and gallbladder, along with part of her stomach and appendix. “I just think it is a miracle that I am alive,” says Robyn. I hope you’ll watch the video in this story from Spectrum News.

Thousands of Bees Survive 50 Days Under Volcanic Ash

Five hives of bees survived being buried under volcanic ash for 50 days in the Canary Islands. Thankfully, the beekeepers had not collected the honey that kept the bees alive. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Welcoming Thanksgiving Tradition Continues into 6th Year

It all started six years ago when Wanda, thinking she was texting her grandson, accidentally sent a Thanksgiving dinner invitation to Jamal who was 17 and a stranger. See how this mistake extended family circles and became an ongoing tradition.

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Good News Tuesday for Nov. 23, 2021: Protecting Marine Life in the South Pacific, Kitten Therapy at the Retirment Home, Hand Gesture Leads to Rescue, and Overcoming HIV

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15 Million Acres of Protection Added for Marine Life

At the recent climate summit, Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso announced the addition of 15 million acers to protect marine life around the Galápagos Islands along with an underwater superhighway refuge from the Galapagos Islands to Coasta Rica. The additions will help protect endangered migratory animals like scalloped hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, rays, sea turtles, and tuna. Here are details from the Good News Network.

Kitten Therapy at the Retirement Home

An SPCA foster caregiver who works at a retirement home in California brought a box of tiny foster kittens to to her office one day. Take a look at what happened when the word got out, in this article from the Washington Post.

Kidnapped Teen Rescued After Showing the Hand Gesture for Help

Overcoming HIV

A 30-year-old woman in Argentia has become the second known person in the world whose immune system has overcome HIV. You can learn more from the Good News Network article which includes this video:

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Good News Tuesday for Nov. 16, 2021: Improving Safety and Justice for Native Americans, Repairing Old Stepwells in India, Transforming Cameroon Deserts, and a Team Rescue Uses Turbans

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US Executive Order to Improve Safety and Justice for Native Americans

During the Tribal Nations Summit yesterday, US President Joe Biden signed an executive order for the departments of Justice, Interior, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services to create a “comprehensive strategy to improve public safety and justice for Native Americans,” and to address the “epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous people.” The summit continues today at the White House. For source and details, visit: Good Morning America

Repairing Ancient Stepwells Helps Supply Water in India

India’s stepwells are being repaired to bring water to drought ridden lands. “Fifteen wells have been restored or targeted for restoration in the city of Delhi alone, which will cost less than $60,000, but supply another 33,000 gallons of water to the city.” Check out the interesting architecture in this article from The Good News Network.

Refugees Transform Cameroon Desert into a Thriving Forest

Survivors of Boko Haram violence are transforming a desert refugee camp in Cameroon into a thriving forest as part of the Green Great Wall. You can read more about this forest emerging in the camp of 70,000 refugees in this article from the Good News Network.

Sikh Group Rescues Hikers

Five Sikh men rescued two tourists who fell down the steep slope just above a thundering waterfall in British Columbia, Canada. With no cell phone service to call for outside assistance, the five international students turned their turbans into a 33-foot rope and encouraged the tourists to climb up to safety. NBC news has more.

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Good News Tuesday for Nov. 9, 2021: Climate Summit Update, ASPCA Kid of the Year, Seeing After Blindness, and Black Farmers in Detroit


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Good News Update on the COP26 Climate Summit

There’s good news coming out of the climate summit in Glasgow in the areas of green energy financing, conservations, and emissions. And there’s more to come The Good News Network has details.

ASPCA Kid of the Year Helps Dogs Get Adopted

Evan Bisnauth, and 11 Year Old from the Bronx was named ASPCA Kid of the Year for his dedication in reading to shelter dogs and helping to get them adopted. This story from Today includes a sweet video of Evan reading to shelter dogs.

Scientists Help Former Teacher See Letters after 16 Years of Blindness

Berna Gómez, a former teacher who has been blind for more than 16 years, had microelectrodes implanted into her visual cortex to help her see. After a training period, she was able to decipher visual information fed from the camera directly to her brain. Read about this fascinating process from NPR.

Non-Profit Helps Black Urban Farmers in Detroit

I read this story in my GoodNewsLetter about a couple buying neglected vacant lots for farming in the city of Detroit, Michigan. The Black Farmer’s Land Fun is a vibrant organization that helps. This video shows more:

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Good News Tuesday for Nov. 2, 2021: Climate Summit, Students Save Bus Driver, Top 10 CNN Heroes, and a Dog Who Saved Koalas

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World Leaders Meet for Climate Summit and Promise to End Deforestation

Last year’s world climate summit was cancelled due to covid. Now, over 120 leaders have come together in Glasgow, Scotland to reduce the negative impact of humans on planet Earth. BBC reports that over 100 leaders from around the world, including Brazil, have promised to sign a pledge to end and reverse deforestation by 2030. Read more about the two week COP26 Climate Summit and the deforestation pledge here.

Two Middle School Students Act Quickly to Save Bus Driver

Conner Doss and Kane Daugherty are two Atlanta middle school students whose quick thinking saved their bus driver. Read more about it here.

Top 10 CNN Heroes

CNN is in its 15th year of celebrating heroes. On December 12, they’ll be recognizing their top 10 picks for 2021 who each receive $10,000 and announcing who received the most votes for hero of the year. Read more about the top 10 heroes from CNN.

A Dog Named Bear has been Recognized as a Hero for Saving Koalas

A dog named Bear recently won an award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) for saving 100 koalas from Australia’s bushfires last year. Before being trained to rescue koalas, Bear had been rescued himself from a shelter where his former family gave him up due to behavior issues and his “boundless energy and obsessive enthusiasm for play.” You can read more from the Good News Network and watch the video:

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Good News Tuesday for Oct. 26, 2021: Egyptian Sister Band, a Cancer Fighting Fungus, and Dads on Duty

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Egyptian Sister Band Sings Out for Women’s Rights and Safety

 In Egypt, the feminist duo – ElBouma, or “The Owl” in Arabic – is singing out against abuses faced by women and girls. The sisters sing about child marriage, sexism, patriarchy, and gender-based violence, “with harmful practices such as FGM still common in remote parts of Egypt.” So far, they have received very little public criticism. I found this story in my Goodnewsletter.

A Himalayan Fungus Helps Fight Cancer

An Oxford University Study has found Cordycepin, a naturally-occurring nucleoside analogue in fungus, to be helpful in fighting cancer. The company NuCana has been using a novel technology to streamline delivery and dosage for better effectiveness. Read how science and nature work together in this article from The Good News Network.

Dads on Duty

I saw this last week at the end of nightly CBS news and knew it had to come to GNT. Watch how dads have organized to stop violence at a Louisiana high school.

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Good News Tuesday for Oct. 19, 2021: Malaria Vaccine, Pay What You Can Farm Stand, Black Women Climbing Kilimanjaro, and Giving Rice for Plastic in Bali

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W.H.O. Endorses Malaria Vaccine

Earlier this month, The World Health Organization endorsed the first vaccine for malaria. The disease has historically killed about half a million people each year including 260,000 children under 5. The New York Times has details here.

Pay What You Can Farm Stand

Raleigh City Farm in North Carolina, has a “Pay What You Can” farmstand that offers fresh produce. Customers take what they need and put money in the cashbox at the farm or at the Salvation Army locations. Here’s the website

Nine Black Women Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Nine black women, all over 40 years of age, recently climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. The inspiring trip took six days. For details and photos, visit this article from Good Morning America.

“Opportunity in Challenge”: Giving Rice for Plastic

On the island of Bali, covid 19 dramatically hurt the tourism industry. Many workers returned to their villages and trash piled up on the beaches. Made Janur Yasa, a vegan restaurant owner in the town of Ubud, started a program in his home village where local villagers could exchange plastic for rice. His non-profit, Plastic Exchange, became a success and spread across other villages in Bali. You can learn more about the program and its creator at CNN Heroes. I hope you will also watch the following short video about the Balinese teachings that help Made Janur Yasa in his mission. His energy is gentle yet powerfully positive.

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Good News Tuesday for October 12, 2021: Australia Gives Back Rainforest, Equal Property Rights, US Monument Protection Restored, and a Sheep Rescue

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Australia Returns Large Rainforest to Aboriginal Owners

Daintree National Park, over 600 square-miles of rainforest, was returned to the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people who lived there for generations and are one of the world’s oldest living cultures. Click here for details, hopes, and beautiful photos.

Victory for Equal Property Rights in South Africa

The South African parliment recenlty passed a bill which reverses discrimination against black women seeking equal access to matrimonial property. Apartheid-era law giving the husband total property rights for black couples married before 1988 was declared unconstitutional in April. Read about the four women whose cases led to the bill and its significance in the Good News Network.

US Monument Protection Restored

In the US, the Biden administration has restored protection for The Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments as well as a marine conservation area off the New England coast. Here’s more from PBS News.

Sheep Rescue Video

I detest barbed wire, and I’m still a little concerned for this sheep, but I keep watching this happy ending video over and over again. Maybe it’s the pleasant scenery… at the end of the video.

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Good News Tuesday for Oct. 5, 2021: Scientists Win Nobel Prize for Climate Work, The Lost Wallet, When Slower is Better, and a Dog Rescued from A Cave

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Three Scientists Win Nobel Prize for Climate Work

While climate change is not good news, it is good news that the Nobel Prize was awarded to three scientists who have worked hard to clarify how humans have impacted climate. It’s hoped that these insights will impact our behavior with respect toward planet Earth. Learn more about the work of Sykuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi from The Guardian.

The Lost Wallet

George, a migrant worker from Jamaica, lost his wallet in New York. Laurie found the wallet but had trouble finding George until someone suggested she ask at “a little store that is known to have many Jamaican migrant workers as clients.” Laurie found George and gave him his wallet, but there’s more. Read the story from the Good News Network.

When a Slower Line is Better

The Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo is expanding its initiative to decrease loneliness, especially in the elderly. In 2022, they plan to add more “chat checkouts” in 200 stores across the country where people can go, not just for groceries, but also for conversation. Read more about this innovative program here.

Dog Rescued from Cave after Two Weeks

A dog, named Hawkeye was missing for two weeks before being rescued by cavers and reunited with his family. Here are the details.

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Good News Tuesday for Sept. 28, 2021: Saving the Largest Tree in the World, Honest Labeling for Body Image, A Rescued Food Market, Empathy on the Field, and Transforming Beach Trash

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Firefighters are Working to Save the Largest Trees in the World

California firefighters have been working to save the largest tree in the world (and others) from fire. They’ve wrapped the base of the giant sequoia in an aluminum fire-resistant blanket. Saving this great grandparent tree with an extensive underground support network will help the overall well being of the forest if fire does come. I’ll be looking for updates, but for now, here’s an article from NBC news. This article from The Good News Network, seems hopeful and reports that sprinklers are going most of the time. I send deep gratitude and prayers to all firefighters and support teams.

Norway Fights False Body Advertising

Hoping to reduce unrealistic body expectations, Norway has passed a law requiring influencers and advertisers to label their retouched photos. Learn more here.

Pay What You Feel

A “pay what you feel” Rescued Food Market is opening on Oct. 1 in Vancouver. The Good News Network has details.

Empathy on the Field

At a recent high school football game in Iowa, wide receiver Mario Hoefer helped his opponent who was having a leg cramp. Read more about this act of empathy and sportsmanship from Today.

Transforming Beach Trash

Humberto Less collects plastic trash from his Spanish home island and turns the waste into furniture.

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