Born out of frustration that mainstream news only promotes the negative, we're bringing you a regular fix of the good news buried underneath the bad. Happy Friday!
Watching mainstream media, you might sometimes feel like human beings are determined to screw up the planet and everyone on it. Yet, all around the world, amazing people – just like you – are coming up with new ways of living, loving and doing business to create a better future for us all. So we’ve decided to dedicate a regular blog to shout out some of the good news we’ve seen each week. Here’s this week’s shout out:
Silo, a restaurant in Brighton, is creating a wholly sustainable dining experience and producing absolutely zero waste! The restaurant industry is one of the most wasteful industries, making the efforts of Silo and it’s complete rejection of wastefulness so commendable.
Silo’s creator, owner and head chef, Douglas McMaster, has referred to the restaurant as “a pre-industrial food system that generates zero waste.” The restaurant isn’t using advanced technology, but instead is going back to some older, often forgotten techniques that are both sustainable and delicious.
In a landmark move towards renewable energy, Scotland has just shut down its largest and last coal power plant. Longannet power station was Europe’s largest coal plant and on Thursday, after 46 years of operation, it was closed for good.
“Scotland has undergone a renewable energy revolution in the past 15 years and the closure of Longannet perfectly illustrates that change. Our electricity system is in transition from one dependent on dirty, polluting coal to clean, reliable renewables,” said Dr Richard Dixon, Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland. The Scientific American blog reported that in 2015 57.7 per cent of electricity consumed in Scotland was produced using renewables, up from 32 per cent in 2013 and reflecting tremendous growth in wind power in Scotland.
A restaurant in India, Pappadavada, is encouraging customers (and the wider community) to put leftover food in a refrigerator outside the restaurant for the hungry to take. People who are in need of a meal are encouraged to take from the fridge at any time.
The fridge is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and stays unlocked. Minu Pauline, the owner of Pappadavada, asks that people write the date on their food on whatever its wrapped in, so those who take know how long it’s been there. But most food doesn’t stay in the fridge for long. Pauline told The Huffington Post that "despite a huge response from the community and ample donations, the fridge needs to be restocked regularly".
In other news...
- A library in San Francisco is offering homeless people mental health services. Of the 5,000 people who visit the San Francisco Public Library every day, about 15 per cent of them are homeless. The program started in 2009 and since launching 150 homeless people have received permanent housing, and another 800 have enrolled in social and mental health services, according to PBS.
- Apple has introduced a new innovation – Liam the robot. Liam is a recycling robotic arm that Apple is using to regain valuable resources from discarded iPhones. Liam deconstructs old iPhones so that the various parts can be used for future devices and other products.
- It’s possible to create electricity from tomatoes. While the electrical output is small, researchers believe that tomato waste produced in Florida every year (around 396,000 tonnes) could create enough electricity to power Disney World for three months.
- Belfast is set for the largest UK airport solar project. The 25-year deal made with Lightsource will see the solar farm deliver 27 per cent of the airport’s annual electricity.
- During Jack Johnson’s last tour, his camp was able to offset 2.3 million pounds of CO2 emissions, divert 489 pounds of waste from landfills and prevent 18,392 single-use plastic bottles from being used.
What other good news have you come across this week? We'd love to hear about it in the comments box below.