Let’s not let too much time slip by without acknowledging some of the many good things that continue to happen around the world, even in these trying times.
Every week, I search news outlets both local to me and abroad to put together a round-up of some of the many positive news stories I find, with the hope of spreading positivity, shining a much-deserved spotlight on acts of kindness of every shape and size, and inspiring myself and others to do good things in our own communities however and whenever we can.
Here now are this past week-and-a-bit’s feel-good finds. Read on, and smile wide!
+ Good news for nature in Utah, as The Nature Conservancy buys several miles of the Virgin River near Zion National Park. This stretch of river is home to four types of at-risk native fish, including the Virgin spinedace, flannelmouth sucker, desert sucker, and speckled dace. The now-protected area also provides nesting and wintering habitat for a variety of bird species throughout the year, including the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher. (via The Nature Conservancy)
+ With places of worship still closed for regular service across the UK, one of the largest Sikh temples in the country has been repurposed as an emergency food operation. During lockdown, Sikh volunteers have been making and distributing over 6,000 meals a day to homeless charities and NHS hospitals, as well as other community members in need, using their Gurdwara in Slough as a base of operations. (via BBC News)
+ In other positive nature-related news, China has removed pangolin scales from its list of ingredients approved for use in traditional Chinese medicine, and has raised the protected status of all eight species of pangolin – the world’s most trafficked mammal – to the highest level. Conservation groups have applauded these recent moves, adding that they may help stamp out the illegal trade of these animals. (via The Guardian)
+ 100-year-old Joyce Richardson of North Yorkshire has raised £18k for the hospice charity which looked after her eldest son before his passing, standing up 100 times before her birthday. Making her accomplishment all the more impressive is the fact that she has lost much of the use of her legs after developing sepsis last year. (via BBC News)
+ As of the time of writing, New Zealand continues to have no known active cases of COVID-19. The island nation was able to stop the spread of the virus in its tracks by enacting a strict lockdown very early on, at a time when there were only 200 confirmed cases nationwide. While the country’s borders remain closed for now, life has virtually returned back to normal in recent days, with even social distancing becoming a thing of the past. Well done, New Zealand! (via Positive News)
+ High school senior Antonio Gwynn Jr. recently spent 10 hours cleaning up his community in Buffalo, New York after protesters left behind a great deal of mess. The young man has since received a scholarship to Madaille College, as well as a car and a year’s insurance, in recognition of his hard work and kind deed. While very grateful for the gifts, Antonio has said he simply did what he thought his late mother would have done, and that he hopes his actions would have made her proud. (via Good News Network)
+ 8th Graders at a school in New Mexico have chosen to use funds from their cancelled end-of-the-school-year trip to buy and donate food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and masks to the Navajo Nation, which has been especially hard hit by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (via Good News Network)