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Good News Tuesday for July 14, 2020: Food in the Frig, Grizzly Bears, Renewable Energy, and Girl Power X 2!

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Food in the Frig

“Take what you need, leave what you can.” Fully Stocked Refrigerators are Popping Up Around NYC. Read more about it in this article from Good Morning America.

US Court Maintains Protections for Grizzly Bears

Grizzly bears in the US Yellowstone region will remain protected by the federal Endangered Species Act thanks to a July 8th court decision which rejected the current administration’s attempt to remove protection. The court decision maintains protective status and halted planned trophy hunts for grizzly bears in Wyoming. The Western Environmental Law Center provides details in this article. 

100% Renewable Energy for Sydney

Downtown Sydney, Australia is now powered by 100% renewable energy. The energy is coming from two solar farms and a wind farm. Read more about this historic achievement in the Good News Network.

Olivia Helps the Homeless

In Chicago, 7-year-old Olivia Tyler has started a non-profit to help the homeless. She gives out masks to homeless people and has a solid financial plan for her goal to buy a homeless hotel. This link from the Today Show includes an inspiring video with Olivia and her parents.

This 12 Year Old’s Invention Detects Lead Levels in Water

Our closing video comes from Theresa at Culture Shocks who shared the link in last week’s GNT comments. It’s about 12-year-old scientist Gitanjali Rao who invented “Tethys,” a portable device that detects lead in water. Gitanjali started working on her invention after she heard about the toxic water crisis in Flint Michigan.

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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.

Please visit WATWB Facebook Pagefor more stories of light and hope!


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Good News Tuesday: Special Santa, Green Light for Migraines, Nurse Ingenuity, One Love, and Rain in Australia

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Sensory-Friendly Santa for Kids with Special Needs

A mall in Lexington, Kentucky open early to create a safe and comfortable environment for kids with special needs. Dimmed lights, less noise, engaging activities, and wheel chair accessibility make it easier to include more kids in the Santa experience.  Here’s the story with a video.

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Green Light Could Relieve Migraine Pain

There’s something about green. The following article explores research using green light for migraine and other kinds of pain. The main study has people sit in a dark room with a green light for an hour a day with reduction in symptoms over time. Of course quiet time in a dark room might also be a factor. I can’t help but wonder if being in a room full of green plants would also help.  Here’s the article from the Good News Network

 

Nurses Turn Surgical Wrap into Sleeping Bags for the Homeless

2000 large sterile wraps were being thrown away every day. But nurses at Tampa General Hospital had a different idea.  Imagine if every hospital did this?

One Love

This is not new,  but it came across my bow wanting to be shared again. In 2018, a thousand strangers, Christians, Jews, and Muslims, got together and sang Bob Marley’s “One Love.” Here’s how it turned out.

 

Rain Dance

It’s been raining in Australia! Some fires might still be burning, but we celebrate the joy of rain where it falls.  This video shows a group of firefighters with one breaking out in dance. If you can’t see it, go to the YouTube link.  There’s one more below.

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Wishing you comfort, peace, and joy through the holidays.

Merry Christmas!


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Good News Tuesday: Warm Rooms, Free MH Crisis Clinic, A Law for Animals, and Solar Batteries

A Warm Place in Chicago

Volunteer, Candice Payne used her personal credit card to get hotel rooms for homeless people during a record-setting freeze in Chicago. Then, other volunteers joined in and followed her lead.

 

 

Nashville Opens Free 24 Hour Mental Health Clinic

Designed to streamline assessments of mental health patients in crisis, this clinic is open to the public who can come in any time. You can read the Nashville Public Radio post or watch the video below of the grand opening.

Having worked in the mental health and crisis fields, I know how important it is for people in crisis to have easier access to services. The Nashville program sounds to be compassionate and well thought out.  If you don’t have time to watch the whole video, at least listen to the first few minutes.

 

 

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Lawmakers Aim to make Animal Abuse a Felony in US

Representatives Ted Deutch and Vern Buchanan — a democrat and a republican, respectively — are introducing the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act  a new bill that will make animal cruelty a felony in the United States. Let’s hope it passes. Click here for details in Green Matters.

 

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Solar Batteries on the Way

A research group in Sweden has developed a storage system that uses a special molecule in liquid form to store solar power.  They hope the system will be available for commercial use within the next ten years. Here’s how it works:

“First, the liquid captures energy from sunlight in a solar thermal collector on the roof of a building. Then it is stored at room temperature, leading to minimal energy losses. When the energy is needed, it can be drawn through the catalyst so that the liquid heats up. The warmth could then be utilized in, for example, domestic heating systems, after which the liquid can be sent back up to the roof to collect more energy – all completely free of emissions, and without damaging the molecule.”

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Click here for the article from The Good News Network.

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Good News Tuesday: Free Meals, Pet Friendly Shelter, Solar Progress, and Help for Chimp Haven

Syrian Refugee’s “Nicest Place in America” Gives Free Meals to Government Workers

Yassin’s Falafel House in Knoxville, Tennessee was voted the “Nicest Place in America” by Reader’s Digest. Now they’re  giving away free meals to government workers and their family members affected by the shutdown. If ever I go to Knoxville, I hope to stop in.  (The commercial is short.)

 

 

Pet Friendly Shelter at Old Montreal Hospital

Patient rooms at the Royal Victoria Hospital have been converted to provide  80 Beds for homeless people and their animal friends.

 

 

 

 

 

Solar Progress Around the World

A Navajo Nations Solar Project is producing electricity for 13,000 homes. “The contractor hired and trained about 200 Navajos to build the plant,…” Here’s the story:

http://www.whitewolfpack.com/2017/09/navajo-nations-first-solar-project-now.html

While in India new solar installations planned for 2019 will reach nearly 14 gigawatts (GW), which is about 50% more than the capacity added last year.

Egypt is making significant progress in solar energy.  This hopeful 2018 video reports that Egypt owns the largest solar power plant in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anonymous Donation for Chimps

This article from The Good News Network reports that an anonymous $2 million donation made at the end of 2018  will provide sanctuary for chimpanzees who have been living in research facilities.  In the following video,  Jane Goodall shares her observations of Chimp Haven and the importance of choice for these intelligent beings. Fewer Chimps are being used in research today. Maybe some day they will all have a choice.

 

 

 

 

12 Year Old Gives Out Free Lunches with Love

Liam Hammond of Cambridge, Massachusetts has fed more than  2000 homeless people. Each lunch bag has a positive handwritten message.

 

 

 

 

Got good news? Feel free to share in the comments!

It can be personal, local, or global.

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#WATWB: Feeding the Dogs of Homelessness

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Homelessness comes in many forms, human and four-legged. The love between homeless people and their companion animals can be powerful. Paul Crowell knows this. He fed the companion dogs of homeless people for five years until new  management at the  dog boarding and day care facility cut off his supply of excess food. But Paul had seen the need up close. He didn’t quit. He started a GoFundMe campaign which helps him continue to feed homeless dogs and created Project Open Paw.

Here’s the story:

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/guy-feeds-dogs-of-homeless-for-5-yrs/

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“We Are The World Blogfest seeks to promote positive news. There are many an oasis of love and light out there, stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit.”

For more information, visit:

http://www.damyantiwrites.com/we-are-the-world-blogfest/

comes on the 4th Friday of each month when we share a story “that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood.” 

Our co-hosts this month are:

To find more positive posts visit the WATWB Facebook page:

Here are the guidelines for #WATWB

1. Keep your post to Below 500 words, as much as possible.

2. Link to a human news story on your blog, one that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Paste in an excerpt and tell us why it touched you. The Link is important, because it actually makes us look through news to find the positive ones to post.

3. No story is too big or small, as long as it Goes Beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.

4. Place the WE ARE THE WORLD badge or banner on your Post and your Sidebar. Some of you have already done so, this is just a gentle reminder for the others.

 

5. Help us spread the word on social media. Feel free to tweet, share using the #WATWB hastag to help us trend!


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Good News Tuesday: Clean Energy, Rescue Team, and Employing Homeless Moms

California sets goal for 100% Clean Energy

The state of California has committed to running on 100% clean energy by 2045. Governor Jerry Brown just signed a bill mandating zero emissions as a goal and an executive order for carbon neutrality. You can read more here.

 

Siblings to the Rescue!

Aaron Allen and Jolisa Jones of Tampa, Florida acted quickly when they saw a car side-swipe the SUV which tumbled into a creek.  Here’s how they saved a couple and their 11 day old baby.

 

Company Hires  Homeless Moms

The Empowerment Plan company hires homeless moms to make coats for the homeless. Their goal is to end generational homelessness by employment.

 

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Homeless Man Finds Dog and Gives Her to His Grieving Friend. But that’s Not the End!

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After giving the dog to his friend, James noticed the dog had a tag with a with a phone number. Click the link below for the story about good deeds, compassion, and gratitude.

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/man-is-determined-to-thank-grieving-homeless-angel-who-cared-for-his-lost-dog/

The picture is accompanied by an electronic sounding voice, but it’s nice to have a visual too.

 

Good News is more abundant than we might think. What’s your good news?

 


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It Seemed Like Things Were Getting Worse for this Homeless Family, Until…..

Ebony Rhodes was arrested and the car her family had been living in was impounded. But the officer asked questions and reported the situation to his deputy police chief setting in motion big changes for the family.

This good news story is full of compassion and wisdom.

 

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Things Are Getting Better with the Denver Day Works Program

Since the city of Denver launched Day Works at the end of 2016, 284 people have participated over the course of the last year. Now, “110 of the participants (many of whom were homeless) have found long-term work as a result.” Individual attention made a big difference in creating hope and positive attitudes needed for employment.

I found this story at the Good News Network.

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/denver-hired-homeless-people-perform-day-labor-city-100-landed-regular-jobs/

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