View Full Version : Positive News & Stories of Hope

Ari Meermans
05-26-2020, 10:43 PM
Every day we're bombarded with bad news, disheartening stories, and the proliferation of frightening prognostications for our shared future. But . . . BUT there is good news out there of real causes for hope—they're hard to find sometimes, but they are there.

I'd like this to be a thread for sharing our go-to sources for positive news and stories of global efforts to advance social justice reforms and steps being taken to save the environment. We need these stories and we need to share them to help each other cope.

I'm "sticking" this thread temporarily; if there's community interest in building it further, I'll move it to the appropriate forum later. :)


Websites Dedicated to Positive News and Stories of Hope:

GOOD NEWS NETWORK (https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/):
"New Plant-Based Bottles and Cups Backed by Coca-Cola And Dannon Can Degrade in a Year" (https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/plant-based-bottles-backed-by-beverage-corporations/)
"World’s Largest Open-Air Gallery Was Painted By People With Learning Disabilities—And It’s Breathtaking" (https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/worlds-largest-open-air-gallery-painted-by-people-with-learning-disabilities/)
"Maasai Nature Conservancy Asks For Help To Fight Pandemic—And 100,000 People Answer" (https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/maasai-nature-conservancy-helped-by-100k/)

POSITIVE NEWS (US) (https://www.positivenewsus.org/): (US and around the world)
"Amsterdam to buy out young people's debt to offer 'new start'" (https://www.positivenewsus.org/amsterdam-to-buy-out-young-peoples-debt.html)
"'It’s a miracle': Helsinki's radical solution to homelessness" (https://www.positivenewsus.org/homelessness-is-falling-in-finland.html)

POSITIVE.NEWS (https://www.positive.news/): (UK and around the world)
"London to be ‘overhauled’ to boost walking and cycling after lockdown" (https://www.positive.news/environment/londons-streets-to-be-overhauled-to-boost-walking-and-cycling/)
"World Bee Day: five projects making a difference to bees this year" (https://www.positive.news/environment/world-bee-day-five-projects-making-a-difference-to-bees-this-year/)
"The projects offering free therapy for frontline healthcare workers" (https://www.positive.news/lifestyle/health/projects-offering-therapy-frontline-healthcare-workers/)

Hopeful Stories From Around the Web and Around the World:

"53-Year-Old Tortoise Needs Home After Owner Dies of Coronavirus" (https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/53-year-old-tortoise-needs-home-after-owner-dies-of-coronavirus/2128549/) – 150 emails and calls received from would-be adopters. Update pending. (https://www.wtsp.com/article/life/animals/53-year-old-tortoise-needs-new-home-after-owner-dies-of-covid-19/67-f338781d-e199-4256-aa2d-e8e13355443d)

Paying It Forward. (https://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?346419-Positive-News-amp-Stories-of-Hope&p=10635744&viewfull=1#post10635744)

"How to Feed Crowds in a Protest or Pandemic? The Sikhs Know." (https://www.sikhnet.com/news/how-feed-crowds-protest-or-pandemic-sikhs-know)

Organizations Offering Opportunities for Involvement:

Digivol (https://digivol.ala.org.au/about/index#/what-is-digivol) – Volunteers digitizing data for research by participating in existing projects or proposing new ones. (Guardian article about one project by our own Helix: "Armchair expeditions: the addictive joy of dunnart spotting" (https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/may/26/armchair-expeditions-the-addictive-joy-of-dunnart-spotting))

05-27-2020, 02:45 AM
Citizen Science is a thing that's useful in lockdown - and our Helix had a lovely piece (https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/may/26/armchair-expeditions-the-addictive-joy-of-dunnart-spotting)about it (with links!) in The Guardian the other morning...

05-27-2020, 03:10 AM
Ooh, let me hunt the source for something I saw elseweb. This may take a little bit...

Maryn, with nothing but time

Edit: Well, shoot, I found the original story easily, but not the follow up. A 53-year-old tortoise was given to the Massachusetts SPCA when her owner died of COVID-19 (https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/53-year-old-tortoise-needs-home-after-owner-dies-of-coronavirus/2128549/).

My internet is being extremely pokey (the heat, maybe?), but I read somewhere that they'd had thousands of people offer her a home. Maybe someone can find a link to the feel-good ending.

Ari Meermans
05-27-2020, 05:49 AM
Note: I revamped the first post to create an index of contributions to the thread.

Thank you so much for a great start, y'all.

05-30-2020, 11:02 PM
Here's one from my neighborhood:

Saturday morning goodness
With all the heartbreak in this country today, we all could use some good-ness. Was at Bellevue Way/108th QFC this morning, and a guy in the self-check out forgot his wallet. The guy next to me didn't miss a beat - turned around and said "I got this," and paid for the groceries. Guy in the khaki shorts and dark blue shirt! Not only did you make that guy's day, you made mine too. Simple things, I know. #PayItForward

Siri Kirpal
06-11-2020, 06:53 AM
Sat Nam! (Literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

From the NYT:


The main place they list is in Queens, but there are Gurdwaras all over the country.


Siri Kirpal

06-29-2020, 05:21 AM
Wisconsin family frees a bear with his head stuck in a huge plastic jar:

Twitter video (https://twitter.com/nbc15_madison/status/1277316045771083778)
NBC15 News
CHECK THIS OUT: Brian, Tricia and Brady Hurt were fishing in Northern Wisconsin when they spotted this bear with a plastic container over his head. After a few attempts they were able to remove the container and the bear made it back to shore!

Video courtesy of Hurt Family.
One comment:
The worst and best of humanity in one video. Not sure where the dangerous plastic jar came from.

06-29-2020, 09:27 AM
You go, bear! He was swimming with his head stuck in a plastic barrel, probably can't see or breathe very well, but paddling along. He's (as far as he knows) attacked by a boat full of humans -he changes course, but keeps on paddling. They free his head, he keeps on going - I hope he made it home!
And, yes, kudos for the humans who took quite a chance to free that bear! At least they weren't the kind of people to video the strange event and just abandon the beast.

07-12-2020, 04:03 PM
Mabel and Olive (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26FIEX6muAo) got a book deal with Text (https://www.facebook.com/textpublishing/videos/723106785175690/?__tn__=kCH-R&eid=ARDpONq5zWO-yJIHUjeXw1giOAdvt8LZrXBu6fL3keQLIWUzveQ5l5JbEvvh8v 5z1Tg32W9wGueufInT&hc_ref=ARQsrRadNR5Klxv-zrsQjnqP2xbUVg72jUFe87lX4svIgPlhcXFkk955Tn3ve5ba_s U&fref=nf&__xts__[0]=68.ARAcgrdnAXDIsos7HwX-2Q-_QZcK18l287a5HB-8MnrnRJY_PPjqpfjc_nungcSsvi6OjxWEeMGWz3oeG7yiMsPqM jPf2YuN3CoIKVlE3fBOUAdHdrZjkxnYoHacwgXjKQPP38Sc4KH aMVdJNWswIdRgolyhJgwO-EVIy0g7Ac87LPglk6QAum3M2J7bEP545BKG-clZicNf9L8NQfDEHHp30nokDoqyV4jsESslOdqHumCsLop_2Qj 6CkYDgeh781MZ5fuqiFOL8KSo3nVRMkqh0JOXinuQOVJXA6LcS kBO7dLoi3Fg4gf05uqhwJf8cMA7C2qanOJ8Ym3V_NMeB51st2o tcEkryuk)! Good baes!

08-29-2020, 09:12 PM
Positive get-together of authors, even in the turbulent Pacific northwest.

Jeff Pitts is late getting chapters to me, 'cause he's (1) proofreading the galley of his second publication, and (2) he's camping with family at a nearby lake campground in Washington state.


Meanwhile, Stacia Leigh from the Seattle area sent me two chapters and a photo of her kayaking dogs on Mayfield Lake in central Washington state.


Nah! Couldn't possibly be the same lake. It was! And two authors I work for masked up and got together around an evening campfire to roast their editor.

I hope more pictures at 11:00. :e2photo: But if anyone wrote such a coincidence, I'd advise deleting it. :greenie

08-29-2020, 11:01 PM
Oh, wow, Chase! That's awesome. Thanks for sharing it with us.