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:
Though the Las Vegas strip doesn’t scream ‘energy conservation’ it is in fact home to one of the largest rooftop solar arrays in the US and… there’s more on the way. The MGM Resorts, Wynn, and Las Vegas Sands (three of Nevada’s largest casino companies) have recently announced plans to buy and produce more renewable energy for their hotels.
The move towards more solar has been driven by an increasing demand for responsible energy use from the companies that rent casino conference halls as well as a surplus of power from surrounding solar farms. “It’s no accident that we put the array on top of a conference center. This is good business for us,” said Cindy Ortega, chief sustainability officer at MGM Resorts.
Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, spoke proudly this week about what it is to be a feminist. "I myself am a feminist and I believe that we need to make sure that we have pay equity and gender equality right across the board," said Trudeau.
This isn’t the first time the Canadian Prime Minister has been loud and proud about feminism. Since assuming office last November he regularly emphasises women’s rights as a top priority for him and the Liberal party. In true Trudea style he spoke on International Women’s Day this week stating, “I believe that we need to make sure that we have pay equity and gender equality right across the board.”
Nando's will soon be implementing on-site tech upgrades and new behaviour initiatives to ensure the management of all UK restaurants is world class. The international restaurant chain is also looking into the future of ‘food waste-powered’ restaurants as they work to take themselves to the next level of energy leadership.
Nando's UK Energy, Waste and Water Manager Julie Allen, is excited about the upcoming developments, “There’s always something around the corner for us. We’ve got buy-in from the top-down to make the changes, but we want to do it so that it actually works, rather than it coming across as a marketing exercise.”
Pakistani film director, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, just won the Best Documentary Short Oscar for A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness and in doing so has reignited the important public discussion around honour killings.
The win has allowed the film to again shine a light on a crime that is too often kept quiet as it highlights the personal and political concerns that surround the topic. In Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's acceptance speech, she stressed the 'power of film' to bring about social change.
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is one of Pakistan’s few women filmmakers working hard to tackle gender violence and enact social change in film.
In other news...
- A pioneering procedure to regenerate the eye has successfully treated children with cataracts in China. Experts describe the breakthrough as one of the finest achievements in regenerative medicine.
- A nine year old girl in Bhopal, India, is running a library outside her house after school to educate other kids in her slum. The students eagerly wait Muskaan to open the library and as soon as she does they surround her to listen to her stories and read their books.
- Whole Foods is teaming up with NRG Energy and SolarCity to install rooftop solar on 100 of its stores and distribution centers across the country.
- A new social media campaign from youth advocacy organization DoSomething.org is galvanising young people in the US to keep guns off college campuses.The #GunsOut campaign encourages students to post pictures on social media, flexing their muscles, saying "These are the only guns I want on campus."