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Good News Tuesday for April 27, 2021: Earth Restoring Conservation, Paying it Forward Hero Highlight, Sneakers on the Red Carpet, and Samurai Trash Collectors

Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

This post turned out longer than I expected with the extra videos, but I hope you will at least watch the last one about the trash collectors.

Conservation Projects Working to Restore the Earth

CNN brings us nine conservation projects working to restore the earth. Click here for photos and project summaries.

The Pay it Forward Effect and a Hero Highlight

I just found “The Pay it Forward Effect” on Facebook. They also have a website: The Pay it Forward Effect where you can read about the organization and the cards they send you to encourage others to pay it forward. Some of the stories on the FB page are the one where a mom pays for someone’s birthday cake every year on her deceased son’s birthday. the one where the retired math teacher helps a dad on the subway trying to relearn fractions to help his son with homework, and a story from seven months ago about teenager Justin Gavin who rescued a family from a burning car. (See below.)

I know Justin got more than a “special coin.” He got to be on the Drew Barrymore Show where he received a proclamation and some surprises. You watch that happen here:

The Oscars: Women Making History

Chloe Zhao became the first woman of color to win the award for best director for Nomadland which also won best picture. Many other women won awards, but I had to mention Chloe Zhao, because I love that she wore sneakers on the red carpet and didn’t conform to the typical glam standards. You can read more here.

Japan’s Trash Collecting Samurai

Street performers in Tokyo have fun picking up trash and entertaining, but they are also serious and caring young people. Learn more about this “new generation of samurai,” and their inspiring teacher, in this subtitled video.

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Good News Tuesday for March 16, 2021: Sustainable Village, On-line Shop Fights Domestic Violence, Women in the Oscars, Student Helps Former Teacher, and a Funny Kid Video

Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Sustainable Village in Uganda built on Shea Butter and Solar Energy

The village of Okere Mom-Kok, destroyed during the Ugandan Civil War, is now a sustainable community of 4,000 people. Electricity, generated through solar energy is available to everyone, and clean water comes from modern borehole methods. Ojok Okello, who started the project with $54,000 from his own pocket, was inspired by the city of Wakanda in the movie, Black Panther. He recognized that the shea tree could be like the natural resource vibranium in the film. The Good News Network brings us more about Okere Mom-Kok.

High School Student Creates Online Shop to Help Domestic Violence Victims

Krystyna Paszko, a high school student in Poland, created a online shop to sell cosmetics where domestic violence victims can hide requests for help by appearing to be shopping online. Her idea won a European Union prize that came with €10,000 (£8,700; $12,120) and was ignited by a pharmacy in France where asking for a special mask alerts staff of a domestic violence situation. You can learn more about Krystna’s program in this BBC article.

Two Women were Nominated for Best Director in the 2021 Oscars

For the first time in Academy Award history, two women were nominated in the same year for best director. Previously, only five women had ever been nominated in the best director category. Chloé Zhao for “Nomadland” and Emerald Fennell for “Promising Young Woman,” are the two women nominated this year for best director. Good Morning America has details on these nominees and others.

Student Raises $27,000 for Former Substitute Teacher

Steven Nava raised over $27,000 for his former substitute teacher, 77 year old Jose Villarrue, who was living out of his car. Learn more in this celebration:

The Little Boy Laughed to See Such Fun

Click the link below for a very short, funny video with a little boy laughing at his parents’ water trick:

https://fb.watch/4guWjmqebj/

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Good News Tuesday: Diversity, An Inspiring Teenager, A Teacher’s Support, and Animals

Diversity in the Oscars

Though I don’t watch movies much these days, I was happy to see progress in this year’s Academy Awards recognizing and celebrating diversity.

A New House

John Hudson Dilgen was born with epidermolysis bullosa, a rare skin condition that brings challenges like open wounds, pain, sensitivity to cold, and limited mobility.  In one video, his father said 50 to 70 % of John’s body has no skin on it. His family asked the Tunnels to Towers Program if they would build a bath tub in their kitchen. Instead, they got a whole new “Smart Home.” John’s gratitude in the following video is very moving. In watching other videos with John, I was impressed by his maturity, intelligence, humor, and caring personality.

Homeless Dog Becomes a Star and Moves in with Trainer

Shelby was a stray digging for food in a Tennessee Landfill near heavy traffic when an animal control officer found her. With her friendly personality, she was happy to get in the truck. Shelby’s adoption photo was spotted by Teresa Ann Miller, an experienced dog trainer looking for a dog to play “Bella” in the movie, A Dog’s Way Home.  The movie is based on a novel who’s author “insisted that the canine actor be a rescue dog in order to properly advocate for the novel’s message.”  Ms. Miller found Shelby’s temperament and intelligence to be perfect. Shelby now lives with her trainer and works as a therapy dog.

 

Kindergarten Teacher Cuts Her Own Hair to Support Student

After five year old Priscilla had to get her  hair cut, other students made fun of her. They said she looked like a boy. She felt school wasn’t fun anymore and started to wear a hat all the time. Over Christmas break, her teacher, Ms. Grimm cut her hair waist-length hair short like Priscilla’s to support her student.

Sea Turtle and Marine Mammal Populations Recovering in US

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Image from NOAA via Global Citizen

 

“When animal habitats are protected, animals tend to thrive.”

Global Citizen reports on research published in January showing the positive effect of the US Endangered Species Act (which may be in danger.) “A team of researchers looked at 31 marine populations and found that the populations of 78% of marine mammals and 75% of sea turtles rebounded after receiving protections under the law.”

Read More: https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/sea-turtle-populations-increase/?mc_cid=bdfb9d403e&mc_eid=16420dc8f1

 

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