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:
This Tuesday, The White House tweeted, "good news: U.S. companies just committed at least $140 billion to #ActOnClimate".
A total of 13 US companies have pledged to champion policymakers in Paris, by moving towards a low-carbon economy, demonstrate an ongoing commitment to climate action, promise to invest in new low-carbon investments and renewable energy solutions, and encourage private-sector peers to follow their lead.
Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, commends the world’s private-sector leaders in a public statement, saying they are "setting ambitious climate targets". He also calls governments to instil confidence in the business community that their investments are future-orientated - primarily by delivering clear policies that follows thorough scientific research.
This Global Tiger Day, the WWF released some welcome news about the growing tiger population in Bhutan. Showing a population of over a third larger than previous expert estimates have suggested, this is a roaring success for the big cats.
Bhutan citizens found that 103 tigers roam their country, providing rare scope to be able to look into the lives of these majestic, and highly endangered, cats.
However, there’s still work to be done – WWF are calling all south-east Asian countries to follow Bhutan’s lead, and conduct a detailed survey into wild tiger populations’ activity. Once completed, tiger conservationists can take action to stop these numbers decreasing. Find out more about the WWF’s work and how you can support.
A police officer in Florida’s act of kindness has gone viral this week, after she was captured sharing a meal with a homeless person.
While stopping at a traffic light one morning, TiAnna Greene saw this compassionate encounter. She and her seven-year-old daughter were touched by their relaxed demeanours, so she uploaded a photo of the pair on Facebook. It has been shared thousands of times. "I'm glad she took a minute out of her day to share something positive about law enforcement," said Sgt Erica Hay, whilst replying to the wave of praise on TODAY. "Nobody wants to eat alone. I like eating with anybody."
Barack Obama is proposing a new law that, in his words, "bans the sale of virtually all ivory across state lines" within the US.
This was a direct response to The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), who recently revealed that African elephant populations are continuing to decline. This is due to the steady growth in poaching trends, despite last years global pledge to control illegal ivory trading. It would be difficult to underplay the effect this law could have on elephant conservation, as the US is one of the world’s leading consumers of legally and illegally sourced wildlife.
"As we work to put the brakes on poaching and prevent elephants from going extinct in the wild, we need to take the lead in a global effort to shut down domestic markets for illegal ivory," comments Sally Jowell, US Secretary of the Interior. "Today, we are making it harder for criminals by further shutting the door to the American market."
In other news…
- Gala Sport, a Glasgow-based co-operative, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to import Fairtrade footballs. The company works to combat low pay and poor working conditions in Pakistan’s football factories, by providing workers and their families with a fair wage and consumers with a high-quality product.
- This week, insurance titan Aviva announced their green investment plans. They pledged a whopping total of £2.5 billion, spread across five years, to low-carbon economy initiatives.
- Mars released a report showing the impressive progress of their Sustainable in a Generation initiatives. Already 79 per cent of the confectionary giants’ sites send zero waste to landfill - their 118-turbine wind farm in Texas powers 12 per cent of their global energy, and water use is down 15 per cent since 2007.
- A 12-year-old bookworm asked his postman for spare junk mail to read, as he did not have the bus fare to travel to the library. Postman Ron Lynch used Facebook to raise so much awareness that he has been able to forward the boy over 300 book donations, mailed from all across the globe!
- A Filipino company has designed a lamp, fuelled solely from a glass of water and two spoons of salt. The lamp is not yet on the market, but innovators Socially Alternative Lighting (SALt), have committed to creating an affordable and reliable product for the masses.
- On Wednesday, in partnership with Soldiers’ Angels, Walmart employees handed out 1,200 lunches to homeless war veterans across Texas.