Category: People Doing Good

1 Billion Milkweeds to Save the Monarch

Monarch butterflies are in danger of extinction. They have long migration routes, moving from as far north as Canada to as far south as Mexico. The long journey isn’t the problem, however. The real issue stems from dwindling supplies of milkweed along the migration route, which is essential to their habitat. Despite the difficulties, even unlikely groups like Pheasants Forever, which is dedicated to protecting pheasant and quail habitats, are helping bring back milkweed to protect monarch butterflies. By 2020, Pheasants Forever hopes to restore one billion milkweed stems. “By implementing some of the most diverse habitat seeding specifications...

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The Newest Vegan ‘Leather’ Comes from Recycled Banana Trees

On the Micronesian island of Kosrae, banana trees are plentiful. Good paying jobs are not. Enter Green Banana Paper. After living and teaching on the island for several years, American ex-pat Matt Simpson recognized many of his students were leaving because they could not find work. So with the help of a friend and the internet, Simpson started a local company that utilizes recycled banana trees to create environmentally friendly “leather.” Banana trees grow rapidly, but only bear fruit once and must be chopped down and disposed of to make room for new shoots. Green Banana Paper re-purposes these...

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Make Someone’s Day Brighter With The Random Act Of Kindness Generator

Whether it’s a compliment from a coworker or having your coffee paid for by the person ahead of you in line, small acts of kindness have an amazing ability to lift your mood. This week marks the 17th Annual Random Act of Kindness Week — a week completely dedicated to altruism. The Random Act of Kindness Organization (RAK) started celebrating this week in 2000 as an opportunity to “unite through kindness,” according to a press release. RAK week is observed Feb 12-18 each year. This year, RAK is launching a “Kindness Generator,” which creates kindness “challenges” for individuals, organizations, companies,...

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Video – Dog Kept on Heavy Chain for 15 Years Sees Beach for the Very First Time

Fifteen-year old Bear had been tethered to a heavy chain for his entire life when Guardians of Rescue in Smithtown, New York got a call about a dog supposedly in need of a dog house. When they arrived on the scene, it was clear that Bear needed much more help than that. Fortunately, Bear’s owner was willing to surrender him and allow him to be placed in a more suitable home. In the video below, Brian Sperazza and Nick Barella from Guardians of Rescue take Bear to see the beach for the first time. And the Labrador-retriever mix thoroughly enjoyed the trip. “He...

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‘Goat Yoga’ is Changing People’s Lives

Downward goat, anyone? Get your yoga mat and your bottle of water; the goats are waiting for you at No Regrets farm in Western Oregon. Lainey Morse of Albany, Oregon, owns a small farm boasting beautiful 360-degree views of the Coastal Mountains and the postcard perfect Willamette Valley. She adopted some pygmy goats as pets, and she’s sharing them with people who need some loving goat therapy. The idea of Goat Yoga was conceived when Morse hosted a children’s party as a charity auction prize. One of the moms, a yoga instructor, suggested that the soothing, natural environment of...

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Artist Spreads Message of World Peace, One Mural at a Time

On January 21, international mural artist Renda Writer will create his 27th mural at the Apache Café in Atlanta, GA, as part of his World Peace Mural tour. The artist will spray paint the word ‘world peace’ over and over again until the exterior walls of the café are transformed into a one-of-a-kind handwritten mural. The idea is to focus on the positives instead of the negatives, which are bound to be floating around on the first day of the new Republican administration. “I guess my goal is really just to use the power of the written word, and the influence...

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Video – Rescued Racehorse Now Living the Life he Always Deserved

For most of his life, Charlie’s Quest —  now just known as Charlie — was forced to run around racetracks at top speed, despite suffering multiple bone fractures. Fortunately, rescuers from PETA played the perfect matchmaker in finding Charlie a home with recent widow Alyson Mahoney. Before the rescue, Charlie experienced agonizing pain for the majority of his seven-year life. PETA happened upon him during an expose on the racing industry’s practice of medicating injured horses to keep them racing (and keep them bringing in cash). “In the investigative video, an assistant trainer (Scott Blasi, assistant to Hall of Fame...

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New Mexico Immigration Corps to Fight Back Against U.S. Anti-Immigrant Policies

Nonptofit Equal Justice Works will soon launch the New Mexico Immigration Corps, a four-year program to support immigrants to New Mexico with legal advice to help protect their civil rights. Armed with an $800,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the program will run in cooperation with the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center (NMILC) and the University of New Mexico School of Law (UNMSOL). In a state with more than 200,000 immigrants, it’s crucial that people have access to the civil and legal tools that often, due to cultural and language barriers, they are unable to benefit from. “Access...

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