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:

The rise of internet veg box schemes in sub-Saharan Africa 

To solve the problem of perishing fruit and vegetables in Kenya, Winston Wachanga, a local Kenyan farmer, has set up an online produce delivery company, Kitchen Soko.

In less than a year the company has serviced a network of 80 Kenyan farmers – delivering their produce straight to the customer’s front door. Customers of Kitchen Soko are able to find out exactly what's available and which farm the produce has come from.

 “People working in farming will be the next millionaires and it will only come through innovation like ours," said Wachanga.

London maths teacher on shortlist for million dollar teaching prize

Colin Hegarty, a maths teacher from north-west London, is one of the 10 finalists in the running to win a Nobel-style prize for teaching worth a million dollars. The Varkey Foundation global teacher prize recognises individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the teaching profession.

Colin has created more than a thousand videos to explain maths to pupils is in the running to win a Nobel-style prize for teaching worth a million dollars. “They called me to tell me and I was a bit shell-shocked. It’s amazing,” said Colin, after finding out he had made the shortlist. The winner is due to be revealed next month. Good luck Colin!

There's a Mickey Mouse shaped solar farm that will soon power Walt Disney World

In true Disney fashion, the company has designed its new, Florida-based solar farm in the shape of a giant Mickey Mouse head!

The facility was built by Duke Energy Florida, contains 48,000 solar panels and is expected to start generating power for the park this spring.

The ginormous hidden gem spans across 20 acres. So next time you're in Florida and have access to a small plane…

Farmer in Japan plants flowers for blind wife to smell

When his wife lost her eyesight, Toshiyuki planted thousands of fragrant flowers around their home. Toshiyuki and Yasuko Kuroki had been married for 30 years when Yasuko went blind from complications due to diabetes.

She began to withdraw from life, so Toshiyuki, after noticing the bright, fuchsia-coloured flowers growing on his farm, decided that a field of beautiful smelling flowers might help to cheer her up.

He has now transformed his farm into a giant flower garden with tourists now showing up during cherry blossom season to tour the beautiful pink-blanketed grounds.

In other news...

- The Scottish Government has pledged to reduce the nation's food waste by one third over the next nine year – a plan that would save businesses and households across the country more than £500m if successful.

Bill Gates predicts 'energy miracle' within 15 years. In his annual letter, Gates states that the world needed to increase its efforts in researching new ideas that would create a zero-emissions landscape by the end of the century – but he believes a breakthrough is on the horizon.

Hamburg has banned coffee pods and other disposable products from its council buildings as part of a drive to reduce environmental waste.

Sustainable packaging company Tetra Pak announced that the company expects to deliver more than 100 million packs of Tetra Rex® Bio-based to customers during 2016, reflecting strong demand for the package since its launch in January 2015. 

A researcher in India has invented a $16 water filter that could save 100,000 lives a year and help solve the South Asian nation's H2O-contamination problems. 

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