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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. 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. 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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Good News Tuesday for Nov. 10, 2020: Vaccine Progress, Hope for Whales, Solar Success, and Political Civility

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Progress on COVID -19 Vaccine

Though more safety data is still needed, Pfizer reports the COVID 19 vaccine they’ve been working on has shown to be 90% effective in early phase 3 tests. Proving safety and going through FDA approvals could take up to four weeks. Here’s more from Good Morning America

Good News for Whales from Iceland

“…..commercial whaling may be one step closer to a permanent end in Iceland and possibly the world. For the second year in a row, Iceland, one of three remaining whaling nations, will not hunt any whales.” Source: National Geographic

Solar Energy Success

In October, South Australia met 100% of its electricity demands with solar energy with most of it coming from rooftop panels. This article from the Good News Network has details including that “Solar is now the cheapest electricity in history.”

Political Civility

NBC’s Today Show reports on two candidates who ran for governor of Utah. Together they released a short video about civility and working together. The good news within the good news is that their video has gone viral. I believe that’s because people are getting tired of rudeness and hungry for civility and cooperation.

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Good News Tuesday for Nov. 3, 2020: Chile Votes for Constitution Rewrite, Nuclear Weapons Ban, A Drop in Crime, and a KKK Leader’s Change of Heart

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It’s a good day to take care of yourself. Get outside, do some exercise, consume nourishing food, drink water, pray for peace, watch a funny movie, and remember, good news happens!

Citizens of Chile Vote For a Constitution Rewrite

After a month of protests against inequality, “Right-wing President Piñera” agreed last November to hold a referendum on rewriting the outdated and “divisive” constitution. Due to the coronavirus, the referendum was delayed until October. BBC News reports An overwhelming majority of 79% … voted in favour of the new constitution.”

UN Ratifies Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons for Affirming Nations

On the 75th birthday of the United Nations, Honduras became the 50th nation needed to ratify The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons which makes the creation, sale, maintenance, and use of nuclear weapons illegal for nations that have signed the treaty. This article from the Good News Network includes a moving account from 88 year old Setsuko Thurlow, one of the last survivors of the bombing of Hiroshima.

Crime Drops Significantly in the Philippines During COVID Quarantine.

In the Philippines, from March 17 to October 2, cases of robbery and theft decreased by 60 percent, and serious crimes, including murder, homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, and theft, were reduced by 46 percent Read more from The Good News Network.

Former KKK Leader Works for Peace and Compassion

Army veteran Christopher Buckley is a former KKK leader who now volunteers with Parents 4 Peace helping others open their minds and hearts with empathy and kindness. You can read more about his journey here and watch the video:

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Good News Tuesday for Oct. 27, 2020: Teen’s Research to Fight Covid 19, Conservation Progress, Drones in the Rainforest, and a Teacher Saves Grandma

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Middle School Student Wins 25,000 for Research to Help Fight Covid-19

Anika Chebrolu, a 14-year-old from Texas, won the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge, which has been described as “the nation’s premier middle school science competition.”  In her research, “….which included analyzing close to 700 million compounds,” Anika discovered a molecule that can bind to the spike protein of COVID-19. You can read more in this article from Good Morning America.

Conservation Efforts Have Made a Difference

Up to 48 species would have become extinct without reintroduction programs, zoo-based conservation, and legal protections enacted since 1993 when the UN Convention on Biological Diversity came into force. Here’s more from The Guardian

Drones Help Indigenous People Spot Illegal Logging in the Amazon Rainforest

With help from the World Wildlife Fund, indigenous Andean tribes are starting to use drones to help protect wildlife and collect evidence on illegal logging in the rainforest. This article from the Good News Network includes an informative video.

Teacher Saves Grandma

On September 22, first grade teacher Julia Koch was teaching her virtual class when she got a call from grandparent Cynthia Phillips about technical difficulties. Ms. Koch noticed Ms. Phillips was having trouble speaking and knew something was wrong. It turns out Ms. Phillips was having a stroke. You can read about how Ms. Koch got help for her student’s grandmother and also sign up for CNN’s Good Stuff here.

Plus, here’s a video!

Thank you to all the teachers on the front lines, virtually and in person!

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Good News Tuesday for Oct. 20, 2020: Miracle Baby, River Cleanup, a Stolen Painting Returned, Dementia App Winners, and a Sweet Reunion

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One Pound Baby Goes Home After 133 Days

Russell Appold Jr. weighed only one pound when he was born. After fighting for life in neonatal ICU for 133 days, Russel finally went home on October 1st. Here’s more from Good Morning America.

Moving Closer to Sources of Ocean Plastic Pollution

Dutch inventor Boyan Slat is removing plastic from the ten rivers that carry the most pollution to the ocean.

“So if we focus on the worst rivers, we believe we can really have the fastest and most cost-effective way to close the tap and prevent more plastic from reaching the oceans in the first place,” Slat told CNN.

(I’m hoping this initiative will provide information to help decrease plastic pollution at its sources.)

This article from CNN includes an interesting video on the process.

Stolen Painting Returned 87 Years Later

In 1933, the Mosse family had to flee Berlin to escape Nazi rule. Many of their paintings, including “Winter” by American Impressionist Gari Melchers, were stolen by the Nazis. After 87 years, “Winter” was returned to the family heirs at a repatriation ceremony which took place at the FBI office in New York. Here’s the story from CNN.

Teen Girls Win International Award for App to Help Dementia

A team of Nigerian-Irish girls won an international award for the app they developed to help people with dementia. In spite of experiencing racism as mentioned in the video, the girls have kept their spirits high. You can learn more more in this article from the Good News Network.

Married Couple Reunited after 215 Days

Joseph and Eve Loreth have been married 60 years and reside at an assisted living facility in Florida. Since March, they’ve had to be separated for 215 days, with only phone calls and a few window visits, until Joseph made a full recovery from surgery. Here’s the video of their sweet reunion.

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Good News Tuesday for Oct. 13, 2020: Progress for the Planet, Otter Love, Barbie Stands Against Racism, and a Ten Year Journey

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Progress with Polystyrene and Plastics

On October 7, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change presented the next steps in the government’s plan to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030. The plan includes banning single use plastics like plastic checkout bags, straws, six-pack rings, cutlery, and hard to recycle plates by 2021. The Good News Network has details.

Additionally, several US states like Maryland have made progress in banning foam food containers and plastic bags as reported here by US News.

Otters Get a Second Chance at Love

Harris the otter was lonely after his mate, Apricot, died a few weeks ago. So the staff at the UK Seal Sanctuary created an on-line dating ad for him. A match was found at the Sea Life Scarborough Sanctuary where Pumpkin had recently lost her partner, Eric, who died at the age of 21. Here’s more from CNN.

Barbie Stands Against Racism

Good job, Barbie, for the following video blog where Barbie and her friend Nikki discuss racism, racial bias and discrimination.

A Decade of Work Pays Off

Finally, a message from ABC news and their person of the week, Jaines Andrades, who worked her way from hospital janitor to nurse practitioner.

There’s plenty more good news out there.

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