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Good News Tuesday: Green Progress, Help on the Run, and the Subway Soprano

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Carbon Emissions Dropping in 30 Major Cities

We have a long way to go, but this article from Good News Network shows what can happen when cities make a commitment.   The C40 analysisshows that these 30 cities have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 22%.”

Here are the cities: Athens, Austin, Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Copenhagen, Heidelberg, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Melbourne, Milan, Montréal, New Orleans, New York City, Oslo, Paris, Philadelphia, Portland, Rome, San Francisco, Stockholm, Sydney, Toronto, Vancouver, Venice, Warsaw, and Washington, D.C.

Plastic Bag Use Down 90% in England

“Sales of plastic bags in England’s largest supermarkets have fallen by 90% in the four years since the government introduced a 5p levy.”  Francis Ball/Economia

I don’t know if an added fee for using plastic would pass in the US, but I do like that some health food chains are giving a discount for bringing your own reusable bag. This article from Economia tells more about the UK’s progress in reducing plastic bags.

Runner Helps Exhausted “Rival.”

At the World Track and Field Championship last month in Qatar, Braima Suncar Dabo of Guinea-Bissau saw that Jonathan Busby of Aruba was near collapse. Dabo slowed down and helped Busby finish the race.

This brief story includes a moving video.

Homeless Opera Singer and Musician Gets Recording Offer

Emily Zamourka had been paying her bills by playing violin in the street. But after the violin was stolen, she became homeless. A California police officer shared a video of her singing opera which dubbed her the “Subway Soprano.” This recently led Grammy nominated record producer Joel Diamond to offer her a recording contract not to mention a successful Go Fund Me campaign.

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Good News Tuesday: Forgiveness and Perseverance

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Just two stories today, but the first one is pretty powerful. It starts with bad news and offers hope for something better.

Brandt Jean Asks to Hug His Brother’s Killer, and the Judge Lets Him

After a long shift, Dallas police officer Amber Guyger walked into the wrong apartment and killed Botham Jean who was in his own apartment eating ice cream.  It was a horrible mistake that could have been easily prevented. I’ve been thinking a lot about this case. What would I have done as a juror? As the police officer? But I think what Botham Jean’s brother did was more important. After Amber Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison, Botham’s 18 year old brother,  Brandt Jean, made a statement of forgiveness. Then he asked if he could hug his brother’s killer. Judge Tammy Kemp broke with protocol by allowing the hug and later by giving Amber her Bible. 20 years ago, I would have been objecting strongly to that act, now I admire Judge Kemp’s compassion.

This first video moved me to tears and the hope that maybe greater good can come from this tragedy.

In the second video, Brandt talks about what made him ask for the hug. There is an important distinction made between forgiveness and justice.

Jimmy Carter is Amazing

At the age of 95, Jimmy Carter is the oldest living former US president. He lives in a modest house and shops at Dollar General. After a recent fall, he was back to volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. What a role model!

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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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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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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.

 

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Good News Tuesday: Helpers, Food Choices, and Peace at the Ocean

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Helpers During Hurricane Dorian

Airbnb has activated their “open home policy” listing houses that are free during the hurricane in Florida and surrounding states. From my GoodNewsletter, here’s the link.

Airlines like Delta are waiving pet-in-cabin and baggage fees for hurricane evacuees and capping fees for flights out of Florida and other states. If you and your pets are evacuating the area, consider this opportunity and keep your pets safe.

Chella Phillips rescued 97 dogs in the Bahamas. They’re all at her house. She manages The Voiceless Dogs of Nassau, Bahamas.

Food Choices for the Environment

A survey commissioned by Sweet Earth Foods and conducted by OnePoll found that of the 57% of millennials who follow a special diet 44% do so because it’s better for the environment and 37% because it’s more ethical. It’s the environment that I want to focus on today, though ethics plays a large part in my own diet. Consuming a more plant-based diet is better for the environment for at least two reasons. One is that it takes less land and less energy to grow crops than it does to raise and process animals for food. The other reason is that rainforest destruction is often committed to make room for beef cattle.  I don’t know why they only surveyed millennials. Anyone can move toward a more plant-based diet. Eating local is better for the environment, too and something I want to work on. You can read more about the survey in this article from The Good News Network.

Israelis and Palestinians at the Ocean

Some Palestinians who live less than an hour away from the ocean have never seen it. That’s because they need a permit to travel across the Israeli military border. So, for the last four years, Robby Berman, with help from fellow Israelis, has been organizing trips to bring Palestinian families to the beach at Tel Aviv. Think about this: We are all made up mostly of water, so it makes sense that sharing this experience with the ocean helps create friendship and peace.

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