This past week I had to avoid a lot of the news, it was too grim from Ferguson Missouri to drought conditions leading to more earthquakes and even a new hurricane forming…it’s just too much. After avoiding mainstream news today I caught a story on the California earthquake. It seems not a day goes by without news that saddens me.
The good news is that as a result I was actively looking for good news to counter the rest and found several good stories for you.
1. First up. Thursday I took the grandchildren on a walk to the university to listen to a bag pipe performance. Knowing one of the bag pipers the children felt free to question them on their instruments. Not only were they open to answering the children’s questions they took their instruments apart to show them how each piece worked and gave them the technical names of each part. From there we headed over to listen to the marching band practice. it was a lovely evening, but on the way home I stumbled upon something I hadn’t noticed before. The front grassy section of the local Chinese restaurant had been replaced with an edible garden. Check out those zucchini. I hope this trend is picked up by other local restaurants.
2. Theresa (Living Homegrown) shared the good news that Bell has removed BPA from their canning lids. There are still come questions about some of the new materials used but it’s a good first step. If you can you may want to check out her post on the new instructions for prepping the lids.
3. Environmental news has been positive when talking about renewable energy sources. Science Daily reports it may be possible to make solar cells from old car batteries. I’m all for recycling one item that contains toxic elements into a way to produce energy, keeping the toxic elements out of the waste stream.
4. I spotted an add for jam that is embracing the Verified non-GMO label. while most berries aren’t being genetically modified (as far as I know), it’s nice to see food labels promising no-GM ingredients have been used. This is one way around GM labeling.
5. Looking for help starting a new project in your neighborhood? New Dream will match funds you raise (up to $2,000) to make your vision come alive. Check out the current winners and submit your ideas here.
6. Clare (Eco Friendly link) shares how Leonardo DiCaprio raised $25 million in one evening for the environment.
What good news do you have this Monday?