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Good News Tuesday for July 6, 2021: Wales Takes a Big Step, Nurse Stops Hospital Fire in India, Florida Creates Wildlife Corridor, and Valedictorian Speaks his Truth on Acceptance, Mental Health, and Identity


Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Wales Puts a Hold on New Road Building

As part of their plan to reach zero emissions by 2050, the Welsh government is putting a hold on new road building. They’re not saying they will never build roads again, but for now, no new roads.

“We need a shift away from spending money on projects that encourage more people to drive, and spend more money on maintaining our roads and investing in real alternatives that give people a meaningful choice.” Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for climate change. For details, see this article from The Guardian found in my Goodnewsletter.

Nurse in India Saves 36 Babies from Hosptial Fire

P Jayakumar, a nurse and father of two, put out an electrical fire at a public hospital in India saving 36 babies. After stopping the fire, Jayakumar, who has asthma, was hospitalized in the ICU for five days for smoke inhalation before going home. Here’s the story from The New Indian Express

Florida Creates Protected Wildlife Corridor

The governor of Florida recently signed bipartisan legislation to create one of the biggest wildlife corridors in the developed world with $400 million of initial funding. The act will help protect many species, including endangered Florida panthers. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Valedictorian Bryce Dershem Finishes his Speech

(I first heard this story on Sunday when the priest at my church shared it in his sermon about different kinds of power.)

In spite of spending six months of his senior year in treatment for anorexia, Bryce Dershem graduated as class valedictorian of his New Jersey high school. Multiple videos and articles indicate that Bryce’s high school principal took a hard line in telling the valedictorian he could not say anything in his speech about his LGBTQ status or his mental health treatment. At the graduation ceremony, when Bryce started to speak his truth, the principal disconnected his microphone and took away Bryce’s printed speech notes. Students yelled, “Let him finish!” The good news is that someone brought him another mic and Bryce finished his speech from memory. He talked about overcoming challenges and accepting yourself. I was impressed by Bryce’s courage and composure.

Here’s an interview with Bryce from NBC News followed by a video of his speech.

Here’s the speech:

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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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