Category: People Doing Good

Only Reconditioned, Pre-owned Items for Sale at This Swedish Shopping Center

Sweden is a pioneer in sustainability; the country boasts a national devotion to recycling, a burgeoning vintage clothing industry, and a widespread affinity for eco-friendly foods. In 2015, the Country Sustainability Ranking study named Sweden “The Most Sustainable Country In The World.” The government of Sweden has committed to reducing green house gas by financing new solar, wind energy, smart grids (an electrical grid using a computerized, two-way communication network), and clean transportation projects with increased carbon taxes on petroleum and diesel fuel as well sales of coal mines and closures of airports and nuclear plants. They use hydropower and biofuels (derived from...

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‘Doing Good’ Curriculum Teaches Kindness in the Classroom

In a time when anger is palpable at the national and global levels, teaching children respect and kindness can seem daunting. A new curriculum is here to help. Created by The Forgotten International, the recently published Doing Good contains 10 lessons to coach children into becoming engaged, sympathetic citizens of the world. “Our aim is to give educators, coaches, facilitators, and school administrators the tools they need to encourage young people to care for others and work to make the world a better place, not only for the time they are in school, but throughout their lives,” said Amy Schoenblum, outreach specialist...

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These Tiny Surprises Were Found Stuck in a Car Engine

While waiting to pick up their children from school, a Washington couple noticed something moving from the hood of their car—a weasel. Once the small, furry creature locked eyes with the couple, out of fear and motherly instinct the weasel mom immediately grabbed one of her off-springs and suddenly disappeared. Shocked and intrigued, the couple decided to investigate by opening the car’s hood. Sadly, to their surprise, the mother left behind four additional babies. The cute reddish-brown creatures were nestled together, each smaller than the size of a quarter. The couple jumped into action and contacted Squirrel Refuge, and the...

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Danny Trejo Thinks Male Caregivers Are “Tougher Than Tough”

It may seem surprising, but forty percent of the 40 million unpaid family caregivers in the U.S. are men. This percentage has been steadily rising, breaking the stereotype of only women as caregivers, yet there is notable lack of dialogue and public awareness about this topic. As a response, AARP — formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons — has introduced a new PSA (public service announcement) campaign raising awareness and offering support for male caregivers, featuring Danny Trejo. Danny Trejo, known for his macho toughness on screen and off, comically plays on this persona as he narrates about the toughest guy...

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Truck Tires Recycled into Most Gorgeous Shoes and Purses Ever

Twenty-three-year-old Mabel Stuglo launched the sustainable and humanitarian EcoShoe Project in Ghana in 2013, performing environmental and socio-economic feats by collecting disposed-of car tires, fabric remnants, and other found materials and transforming them into wearable works of art. The business employs disabled artisans who other companies won’t hire, trains them, and sets them on the path to financially independence. Mabel was inspired to build a business utilizing disabled employees after noticing that disabled people were treated unfairly and considered  a burden to their families. Tragically, they are often perceived as having nothing to contribute to society. But in reality, they can blossom...

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Joaquin Phoenix: Life for Lab Test Monkeys is a ‘Toxic Nightmare’

Actor and animal activist Joaquin Phoenix is speaking out against the horrific cruelty to monkeys and other animals documented in a recent undercover investigation by Last Chance for Animals (LCA). The investigation, conducted over a span of 4 months at International Toxicology Research (ITR) labs in Montreal, documents macaque monkeys, as well as dogs and mini pigs, suffering immensely in intense confinement and excruciating experiments. At this lab, workers force tubes down the animals’ throats, then pump their stomachs full of toxic substances. At the end of the experiment, the dogs and mini pigs are killed. Typically, the monkeys...

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Actor Colin Farrell Helps Raise Awareness for Special Needs Kids and Adults

At the annual The Power of Possibilities event, held by special-needs focused nonprofit Gatepath, guest speaker Colin Farrell opened up about his experiences — and got deeply personal. Farrell, the parent of a child with special needs, described what it felt like to be told his now 13-year-old son would never be able to walk: “I learned early on that you can’t let others put limitations on your child,” Farrell said. “Your child will decide what his or her limitations will be. Think about how important a child’s first steps are in their development. When my son took his...

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Woman Runs Equivalent of 40 Marathons Across 6 Continents to Raise Awareness about Global Water Crisis

One Australian woman is making big strides for water awareness. She plans to traverse the globe, running the equivalent of 40 marathons in 40 days to draw attention to the global water crisis. Global Water Crisis? Despite the severity of the situation, few people are aware of how difficult access to clean water is becoming, and even fewer people are doing anything about it. That’s why Mina Guli decided to step up and take on the challenge of raising awareness. To send her message home, she will run a total of 1,048 miles along six major waterways on six continents. “Clean...

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