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:
A group of French nuns in San Francisco were in danger of being evicted from their Tenderloin soup kitchen before business coach and media star Tony Robbins intervened and saved the day.
The nuns won a reprieve through a deal struck this week, ensuring they can stay for an additional year without rental hikes and with an assurance from the landlord that they won’t be evicted. Robbins, a key player in making the deal happen, flew into the Bay Area last week, consulted with all relevant parties, and in the end handed over a cheque for $25,000 to cover the costs.
“This is wonderful – now we don’t have to be in the street,” Sister Mary Valerie said when informed of the deal.
Good news out of Scotland this week with the report that the national football stadium has reduced its water consumption by 35 per cent in the space of 15 months.
Such an impressive reduction was made possible through stadium staff identifying anomalies and spikes in water usage – possible after the installation of monitoring equipment.
The 52,000-seater Hampden Park stadium in Glasgow installed automated meter reading (AMR) devices, which automatically collect data on the site’s water consumption every 15 minutes. This reduction in water use equates to approximately £40,000 in savings.
A conference held in London this week raised a record $10 billion in one day – the most that has ever been pledged in one day for a humanitarian crisis. 70 countries attended the daylong Supporting Syria conference co-hosted by David Cameron.
"We are facing a critical shortfall in life-saving aid that is fatally holding back the humanitarian effort," Cameron said as he kicked off the event. "And after years of conflict, we are witnessing a desperate movement of humanity as hundreds of thousands of Syrians fear they have no alternative than to put their lives in the hands of evil people smugglers in the search for a future."
This financial commitment comes as peace talks in the country have stalled and international communities continue to grapple with ongoing aid needs.
The money raised from Jamie Oliver’s voluntary tax on sugar drinks in restaurants and cafes will be used to open water fountains in parks and public spaces in some of the most deprived areas of the country.
The water fountains will be paid for by the Children's Health Fund, launched in 2015 by Sustain and funded by a 10p levy on drinks with added sugar in over 130 of the UK’s leading restaurants, cafes and coffee shops. The Children's Health Fund recently announced that it has raised over £50,000 so far and is now open for applications, with awards being made twice a year – the first round focusing on improving children’s access to tap water.
Campaigners hope that access to free drinking water will discourage young people from buying unhealthy sugary drinks. Gloria Davies-Coates, Children’s Health Fund manager, said “Promoting access to tap water is the obvious flipside to encouraging less consumption of drinks with added sugar. There’s so much more that could be done to ensure that drinking water is more convenient to kids when they’re out and about, making it the default for thirsty active children.”
In other news...
- Toyota’s slick paint job could cut carbon emissions. Toyota’s 2017 Prius will comes in a vibrant new shade of lime green that will make the car a little less thirsty for gasoline. The vehicle’s coating will be solar reflective ensuring that the car’s exterior will absorb less heat - keeping it cooler inside.
- A London based bio-bean start-up is recycling wasted coffee grounds and turning them into biomass fuel pellets and coals that can fire up both boilers and BBQs.
- More boxes of wonky veg coming to supermarket shelves. Asda's imperfect vegetables are proving such a big hit that the supermarket chain is increasing the number of such boxes stocked in stores across the UK.
- Global green buildings 'to double by 2018'. The number of companies that have more than 60 per cent of their building projects certified 'green' is expected to more than double over the next two years, according to a new study.