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Good News Tuesday for Feb. 2, 2021: Good News from 2020, Protecting China’s Yangtze River, Saving a Life, and Delivering Vaccines to Remote Alaska

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Good News from 2020

2020 wasn’t all bad. I found this list on The Good News Group’s Facebook Page:

Protection for China’s Yangtze River

With 96 separate provisions The Yangtze river of China will receive landmark protections to begin on March 1st.

“All proposed chemical projects within one kilometer of the river will be banned, and existing ones are barred from expanding. Other polluting industries will be forced to move, while sand mining on the banks of the Yangtze will be severely restricted.”

Here’s more about this great “mother river” from the Good News Network.

USPS Mail Carrier Helps Save Elderly Woman on her Route

On January 14, USPS mail carrier Shonda Lemon noticed her elderly customer Helen Iwanski had not picked up her mail in three days. Shonda called the police for a well-being check and Ms. Iwanski was found alive, but had fallen and been on the floor for several days. After a few days in the hospital, Ms. Iwanski is now recovering in a rehab facility. You can read more at CNN.

Team of Women Delivers Vaccines to Remote Alaskan Villages

With just a few hours of light each day, an all women team delivers COVID vaccines and other health care to remote villages in Alaska. This video showing some of their journeys.

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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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