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 week airline company, Ethiopian, flew a flight from Addis Ababa to Bangkok operated 100 per cent by female staff members. From deck members, to cabin crew, ground operations, ticketing, ramp operation and traffic control staff – all women. This was a world first for any airline and highlights how highly women are valued within the company.
“Above all, this is an opportunity to inspire young African female students to believe in their dreams and embark to fill the skill gap for Aviation professionals”, said Ethiopian’s CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam.
George Clooney backed a new initiative this week, supporting homeless people across Scotland. The Hollywood star endorsed the new partnership between Social Bite and Edinburgh’s newly refurbished George Hotel, which will raise thousands of pounds for homeless people across Scotland.
The George Hotel – along with its four sister hotels – will be raising money for the charity over the course of the next year. Each of the venues’ restaurants will add a voluntary donation of £1 to bills throughout the winter in support of the remarkable chain of sandwich shops.
The sandwich and coffee shop chain supports homeless people by ploughing profits back into homeless initiatives as well as giving homeless people employment and training opportunities in its premises in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.
Conservation charity WWF has teamed up with facilities manager and food services provider Sodexo to launch a new range of 10 'sustainable' meals.The Green & Lean meals, developed jointly by WWF experts and Sodexo chefs, are designed to be nutritious and low-carbon with responsibly sourced ingredients.
At least two thirds of every meal is made up of plant-based foods in order to limit the impact of resource-intensive meat production. In addition, any meat and fish has to have relevant certification, such as MSC or RSPCA Assured.
Apple’s operations in Singapore will be completely solar powered by January 2016. Solar energy developer Sunseap Group announced on Sunday that it will partner with Apple to supply all of its energy needs from solar systems atop more than 800 buildings in Singapore.
This makes Apple the first company in Singapore to run entirely on renewable energy, marking yet another first for the increasingly green company. “Climate change is one of the great challenges of our time, and it’s going to take determination and innovation to make the much needed transition to a green economy,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives. “This deal will cover all of our electricity needs in Singapore, including our 2,500-person corporate campus and new retail store.”
In other news...
- A hairdresser in London is raising awareness about homelessness by giving free haircuts in his spare time. Josh is hoping that his actions will help to make a difference and influence people to do more to help people in need.
- Wind energy is set to be Europe's largest power source by 2030. An Aiming High report suggests that wind power has the potential to exceed gas and other forms of energy within the next decade if European member states stick to the ambitious policy framework already set in place.
- A kind New Yorker is playing her part to make the holidays happy and bright for kids in need after purchasing the entire stock of a toy store and donated every item to the New York City Department of Homeless Services
- As terror attacks put France into a national state of emergency on Friday, AirBnB, Facebook, Google, Skype, Twitter and Uber launched into disaster response mode. The tech companies did what many businesses did during a time of emergency: they lent a helping hand, but Friday’s events show how the industry is uniquely positioned to do so more quickly and adroitly due to the nature of their services.
What other good news have you come across this week? We'd love to hear about it in the comments box below!