Home Facilitator - Highlands & Islands: Dust Bowl Project:
Agents learnt how and why the American Dust Bowls emerged and then looked at the effects on the people involved.
Kent's environmental change 80 yrs later was due to many of the same factors and the agents studied how scientists, farmers and environmentalists tackled the problem then and now. They carried out surveys to…
Read more: https://www.rootsnshoots.org.uk/?p=3498
Governor Whitmer signs Michigan’s 100% clean energy mandate into law
“Targets are set for 15% “renewable” energy (nuclear, solar, wind, geothermal and hydropower) through 2029, 50% by 2030 and 60% by 2035.” https://www.mlive.com/politics/2023/11/whitmer-signs-michigans-100-clean-energy-mandate-into-law.html
It's cold. It's dark. There's a lot of terrible things happening in the world right now, and the forced merriment of the holiday season can often feel so dissonant with how we feel individually.
With that in mind, can folks share things that they're feeling hopeful about right now? It could be some positive news about the on-going #covid19 #pandemic, #ClimateChange, local organizing you've seen in your area, or just something you personally are happy about or looking forward to.
I need some #positivity right now, and I'm sure others do as well.
Here's my contribution: My area's local libraries have started giving away free #covid tests again. It seems small, but it's a reminder to people that covid is still a problem, and maybe some people who wouldn't otherwise test will now and possibly avoid spreading covid.
A new generation of sleeper cars and short-haul routes are helping low-carbon railways compete with emissions-heavy airlines https://reasonstobecheerful.world/rail-travel-europe-low-carbon-trains/ #goodnews #climate
Damers First School: Damers First School designed and made their own Christmas Decorations to sell at their Christmas Fair a few weeks ago. There were a whole range of decorations from wax crayons to a angel kit with instructions to make your own.
Read more: https://www.rootsnshoots.org.uk/?p=19662
#PrinceGeorge’s newest men’s shed is now open.
MILFORD PRE-SCHOOL PLUS: Spring is a very busy time for our children at milford pre school plus.
We were excited to receive our RHS seeds from space. Our young children were able to pinch one seed at a time and drop into a cell. They were keen to spray with water before placing on a large window ledge! We are busy recording our findings and observing growth.
We also took part in the sunflower project,…
Read more: https://www.rootsnshoots.org.uk/?p=14201
#SparkPlug, a #generativeAI model, recently secured $1.4 million in funding from #TDBank, #Salesforce, The #GovernmentOfCanada, Foundation for #BlackCommunities and #NBACanada, per a news release shared with ESSENCE.
Results released Friday of a vote held by the #CowichanTribes show 83 per cent of the 416 citizens who cast ballots were in favour of the new #law that would prioritize supports to keep children with their families or place them with relatives or in other #Indigenous homes.
Forres Sandle Manor School: Forres Sandle Manor ahne been very busy, working on many projects and activities not only nationally but International.
Bird boxes for school, grounds. We built over 20 for our school site.
What's under your feet? National project to research about possible causes for reduced numbers of common birds. Pupils have sampled bird life in grounds, invertebrates in soil and…
Read more: https://www.rootsnshoots.org.uk/?p=18392
Damers First School: The Plastic Free Picnic took place in Borough Gardens, Dorchester to celebrate the town achieving SAS Plastic Free Community Status. It has been a campaign lead by Damers First School children with support from Dorchester Town Council, Litter Free Dorset, local businesses and community groups. On the day there were a whole host of stalls promoting different ways of being single use…
Read more: https://www.rootsnshoots.org.uk/?p=19210
Sheetal became an overnight sensation following her magnificent performance at the #AsianParaGames.
Balgreen Primary School: We had a fabulous time on our Outdoor Learning Day! We were divided into our houses and then each group did three activities. One activity working with the community, one working on the school grounds and the other learning outdoors! We made bee hotels and tepees, we painted pebbles, made bottle top mobiles, we made old CD birds, we built a fire in the wood and made hot…
Read more: https://www.rootsnshoots.org.uk/?p=15888
St Mary's School Ascot: Members of the Eco Committee at St Mary's School Ascot constantly discuss ways in which students might reduce the use of plastic in their daily life at school. Over the last year all plastic cups in the student refectory have been replaced by water glasses and polystyrene lunch boxes have been replaced by reusable Tupperware style boxes. Most students have started to bring in…
Read more: https://www.rootsnshoots.org.uk/?p=18955
Tasis: The Tasis Wildlife Club has now completed their pond project.
There is now a beautiful pond that will feed (providing insects) Guy the hedgehog and provide him with water. This pond is in our walled Fleming Garden. The children have worked for many months to clear out brambles and weeds. They prepared the soil, and then helped to lay the stones and pond plants in place. Last week, Guy came to…
Read more: https://www.rootsnshoots.org.uk/?p=8007
James Allen's Prep School: Tabitha in 4R has embraced "NoWasteNovember" by recording a whole diary of initiatives ! One for each day of November.... Tabitha's favourite initiative was making sparkling party bags which were reusable and made of fabric ( not plastic!!!)
Miss Raimes's favourite was rinsing out the shampoo and bubble bath bottles, and getting a whole week' more out of them!
And well done,…
Read more: https://www.rootsnshoots.org.uk/?p=16418
#goodnews #Auburn #Washington
Weekly roundup for November 25th, 2023 with art and uplifting stories
Suing Pepsi for plastic waste. First ever whale marine preserve. Twelve simple ways to reduce emissions. Read the good news from this week.
Verdala International School: We have been busy organising our Walk for Wildlife here in Malta in which the entire middle school participated. We are delighted with the results. We managed to raise ?1800 for our cause.
The 5km walk took place on 28th April and the children were very excited.
This year we fund raised money for the Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots programme.
We supported as well the Jane…
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„Denken: Wir können die Vorgänge im Gehirn bewusst steuern
Beim sogenannten Neurofeedback sehen Patienten mit #Depressionen oder #ADHS auf einem Bildschirm, was ihre Gedanken bewirken. Das kann ihr Leben verändern – und unser Selbstverständnis.“
@eric you might also tell them that #Einstein himself used to work for the patent office and wrote his theory on relativity. BUT: He had mark 4 in #school in math. And a landhouse some 50km from where we write this. ANYTHING is possible if you spark kids´ imagination. Just as Albert said:
"Imagination is more important than knowledge". Add a cool diverse team to make the dream work since ANYbody is unique.
All the best from Berlin :)
EU criminalises environmental damage ‘comparable to ecocide’
“Directive punishes most serious cases of environmental damage, including habitat loss and illegal logging.”
Rollout einer Malaria-Vakzine!
Ecuador undertakes Amazon reforestation project
“Over 113,000 trees of more than 30 species were planted at a cost exceeding US$1.2 million, Dávalos explained. “Forests are a source of life that provide us with clean air, water, and spaces for recreation; they are also home to thousands of species of fauna and flora, an invaluable heritage for our society,” he pointed out.” https://en.mercopress.com/2023/10/21/ecuador-undertakes-amazon-reforestation-project
Midst all the doom and gloom, the purchase of our new home is finally closed. The funds have officially been drawn down and we’re awaiting a time to collect the keys as soon as we are in Dublin. It has only taken over 7 months to go from sale agreed to closing. 🙃
This week in #goodnews: U.K. billionaires call for a wealth tax, populations of sea birds and blue whales are bouncing back, plants may absorb more CO2 than first thought, the gender gap in science is shrinking, and the EU has agreed to stop exporting plastic waste to poorer countries https://www.positive.news/society/good-news-stories-from-week-47-of-2023/
Die tägliche Dosis #goodnews #GuteNachrichten
Fürs Leben lernen: App vermittelt Life Lessons in Ausfallstunden
„Blue whales: Ocean giants return to 'safe' tropical haven.
Blue whales - the largest animals on Earth - are making their home in a part of the Indian Ocean where they were wiped out by whaling decades ago.“
> A lucky discovery involving lithium-sulfur batteries has a legitimate chance to revolutionize how we power our world.
Mal wieder #Goodnews zum Start in dieses Wochenende!
Portugal hat einen neuen Rekord fuer das Land aufgestellt und insgesamt 6 Tage komplett auf fossile Energietraeger verzichten koennen!
#GoodNews am Freitagmorgen
Vor der Karibikinsel Dominica entsteht ein 800 km² großes Schutzgebiete für Pottwale.
Pottwale sind mit ihren wasseroberflächennahen, nährstoffreichen Ausscheidungen ein wichtiger Faktor für die Entstehung von Phytoplankton, welches wiederum Kohlenstoff bindet und am Beginn der marinen Nahrungskette steht.
#GoodNews - Österreich steigt auf das Erfolgsmodell Housing First um
In Texas, a Fight Over Gender and School Theater Takes an Unexpected Turn - The New York Times
Some good news!
The pika, a relative of the rabbit, is making a population comeback in Oregon. In 2017 we had an enormous wildfire that wiped out much of our Columbia Gorge area. But the pikas are popping up and making their little peeps.
"Over the past decade, a curious invention has spread across Europe's northern seas. It's called a big bubble curtain, it works a bit like a giant jacuzzi, and it helps protect porpoises from the massive underwater noise caused by wind farm construction."
#wind #GoodNews #sustainability
“So the question is, can we continue with a business as usual approach?” he said. “I think it’s very important that we study the future of natural gas in Maine.”
Gov’r Mills is likely to need a push from residents. But given the problem of burning fossil fuels, other project expenses, and how surprisingly successful heat pumps have shown themselves to be, it’s smart to tackle this Q now.
A long-lost species of echidna has been spotted in Papua, Indonesia. #goodNews
"A new antibiotic, the first to be developed in decades, can cure gonorrhea infections at least as effectively as the most powerful current treatment, a large clinical trial has found. The drug, zoliflodacin, is taken as a single dose, and it has not yet been approved for use in any country."
SafeSpace London’s landlord has message for property owners considering homeless shelters as tenants
Some Monday* good news: the combined effort of unions & civic activism saved UK rail ticket offices 🚂
*actually last week's news, but if I missed it maybe you did too!
Unions work ❤️✊
I'll be including this in Mondays newsletter, but I am too excited to not share this
The stranded sheep has been rescued 🐑
Jack Russell in Suffolk has become foster mum to abandoned kittens.
A Jack Russell has become a foster-mum to six abandoned kittens.
Sue Stubley, of Newmarket, took in six black kittens after they were abandoned by their feral mother.
Within hours of bringing them home, her dog Teasel began lactating and the kittens latched on to feed.
What if an algorithmic timeline can actually be used for good, rather than for targeting people with ads, or changing their political stance? Will this even work?
It is far from perfect, but we want to share it with everybody we know and make your day a little brighter.
(P.S. Boost for visibility)
... and in #GoodNews, the European Commission's attempt to gut chat encryption with "Chat Control" has been defeated by a cross-party consensus in the European Parliament;
[Edit: not defeated yet, negotiations with the EC come next]
Debt Activists Cancel $10 Million in Student Loan Debt After Buying it All for a Penny on the Dollar
From Atlanta comes an uplifting story of nearly 3,000 students getting a brighter future after a debtor organization bought $10 million in student loans for the purpose of canceling it.
I'm feeling grateful for this tonight:
"Throughout the past year, our partners in the seven basin states have demonstrated leadership and unity of purpose in helping achieve the substantial water conservation necessary to sustain the Colorado River system through 2026," -- Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary Tommy Beaudreau
"Significantly more powerful than conventional sails, these wings allow Canopée to maximize the use of wind power and reduce its average annual fuel consumption by around 30%."
Ariane's Canopée ship is a significant step forward in sustainable maritime transport.
📢 The EU Parliament will not be moving forward with chat control! The indiscriminate mass surveillance measures have been removed and secure end-to-end encryption will not be compromised! 🥳
The kind of good news that I'd like to see more widely spread:
Michigan passes ban on 'Gay-trans panic defense'.
And in case you had any doubt the Republicans voted against the ban.
Extremely good news:
Researchers were able to recycle a fabric blend (cotton and polyester mixed). This has been impossible so far, as any reactions attacking the polyester also destroyed the cotton.
But here is the thing: it runs at room temperature, with off-the-shelf "household" chemicals, is tolerant to all tested common contaminants in recycled fabric and was easily scalabe from micrograms to grams. Also the residue is able to be turned into polyester again. #GoodNews
So, how about we use #GoodNews as a hashtag when we want to post good news for others to read? A hashtag meant for positive news, good things happening in the world etc.
Like this great news about a barren island that became a rewilding success:
Weekly roundup for October 21st, 2023 with art and uplifting stories
Job-sharing is eliminating the dreaded work gap for working parents. A judge in Galveston struck down a discriminatory electoral map. Scientists are looking for creative solutions to eliminating forever chemicals. Read all about the good news this week.
EL PAÍS USA: Wendy Guevara: ‘Trans people are normal. We love, feel and cry just like everyone else’
#news #GoodNews #TransNews #trans
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A dedicated group of volunteers are picking fruit no longer economically viable to sell in Perthshire to be distributed to those in need. There are obviously problems in this article - farmers should be supported to make their food economically viable over cheap imports, for example. But still, food waste is a huge issue and this volunteer work makes a huge difference.
These fantastic photos show the newly protected Redonda Ecosystem Reserve. Just a few years changed a barren rock into a wildlife haven.
A manufacturer in Leicestershire are saving £20k a year after installing solar panels. They expect to have made back the costs of installing the system in just three years!
“For the first time, it is possible for water, produced by sunlight, to be even cheaper than tap water,”
A new sun-powered technology aims to convert seawater into drinkable water, which could be a game-changer for regions facing water scarcity.
Yes! Great to see this one go through.
“The EU will ban sweeping environmental claims such as “climate neutral” or “eco” by 2026 unless companies can prove the claim is accurate, as the bloc cracks down on greenwashing of consumer products.
The rules […] will also outlaw claims based on emissions offsetting — often used as the basis for assertions that products are carbon neutral.”
Here’s some #GoodNews for a Monday morning. I turned over in bed at 4am and heard a cat meowing outside and, after leaping downstairs, it turned out to be Ajay who had been missing for 12 days. She seems well and uninjured, just a little thinner and very hungry. I can’t believe how much I missed her and am overjoyed she’s home. I can go back to not sleeping because she’s annoying me now, rather than not sleeping because I’m missing her!
Here's something you rarely see: this piece about how Coco Gauff embodies #GenZ behavior is *holding her up as a positive example* to be emulated, praising her maturity(!) and poise as she advocates for what's right "with conviction and clarity".
More like this, please!
#GoodNews: Das Sächsische Innenministerium hat festgestellt, dass automatisierte #Gesichtserkennung mit den Vorgaben des #Datenschutzes nicht zu vereinbaren sind. Der betreffende Paragraph im Sächsischen #Polizeigesetz wird nicht über den Dezember hinaus verlängert! https://www.lto.de/recht/nachrichten/n/sachsen-gesichtserkennung-kriminalitaet-grenze-polizei-straftaten/
“Thirty years ago, there was laughter all around. Electric vehicles? It will never be realistic; solar energy, never; wind power – a joke. And look where we are now. Everything has changed.”
1/2 I so often read in social media that #humanity cannot #change, that it is incurably bad. The impression may arise when one no longer looks at the efforts to do good in global catastrophes. France now not only has an internationally groundbreaking package of laws on #waste avoidance but this is also presented in an utterly positive light. Doing without #plastic is not an ascetic renunciation, but a liberation, a great trend: it makes you feel good. People change, if we help them. #goodNews
Scania are testing a lorry which is covered in solar panels. The panels should generate enough power to propel it 5,000 km in Sweden, but maybe as many as 10,000 km in Spain. And that number could increase as more efficient panels are used.
Mid Suffolk, England's first Green controlled district council, wants to become a member of UK100 climate network to help in their drive towards net zero carbon emissions and clean air.