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Positive Month

We don’t know about you guys, but sometimes we just get sick and tired of always being sick and tired. All the negative information our social outlets are flooded with gives us the energy to do more, but it also puts us down from time to time. So, for the whole month of May, only positive things from us! Celebrating positive news all around the world. From sustainability, to human rights and animal welfare.

Here are our favourite news facts from around the world:

  • Since 1998, a husband and wife from Brazil planted more than 2.7 million trees and rejuvenated 1,502 acres of tropical forest. In addition, 172 species of birds have returned, 33 species of mammals, 15 species of amphibians.
  • Since 2014 (in the US alone) veganism grew with 500%
  • Uber has launched a new feature for female drivers in Saudi Arabia, which lets them block male passengers from hailing their ride. The new ‘Woman preferred view’ feature came into force in April, after a 2018 Uber survey in Saudi Arabia found 74% of female drivers wouldn’t take male passengers.
  • There were as many people searching for vegan Thanksgiving recipes as there were people searching for turkey Thanksgiving recipes in November 2018.
  • Vintage and second hand stores are an ever-growing business, with an increase of 7% in sales over the last 3 years.
  • With a little help from his dad and the local community, Nine-year-old Ken from the Philippines is finally fulfilling a dream – to help run a no-kill dog shelter of his very own.
  • In Europe, palm oil can no longer be used for biodiesel. More than half of the imported palm oil was used fort his type of gas.
  • Approximately 52.000 square kilometres of forest are developed every year.
  • 170 countries have pledged to ‘significantly reduce’ the use of plastics by 2030.
  • One day, Canadian entrepreneur Robert Bezeau got tired of the plastic bottles laying everywhere so he decided to create a new way of reusing them. He builds homes out of plastic bottles and they look just like regular houses.
  • Climate change education could become mandatory in Connecticut schools.
  • Clean energy jobs in 18 major U.S. cities considerably out number jobs in fossil fuels sector.
  • 8 Year-old homeless refugee from Nigeria wins chess championship in New York.
  • The population in wild tigers in Nepal was found to have nearly doubled in the last nine years, thanks to efforts by conservationists and increased funding for protected areas.
  • Trinidad and Tobago’s high court ruled that the Caribbean nation’s colonial-era law, banning gay sex, was unconstitutional.
  • Germany released new figures showing that more than 300.000 refugees have now found jobs, and the share of MPs with migrant backgrounds has risen from 3% to 9% in the last two elections.
  • In the forests of central Africa, the population of mountain gorillas, one of the word’s most endangered species, was reported to have increased by 25% since 2010, to over 1000 individuals.
  • Olympians at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games will be receiving recycled trash as their prizes. The environmentally conscious Medal Project is using scrap metals to manufacture the prizes fort he upcoming games. In a countrywide effort, citizens within Japan have been donating their consumer electronics directly to the cause.
  • Pakistan’s parliament passed a landmark law guaranteeing basic rights for transgender citizens and outlawing all forms of discrimination by employers.
  • Following ‘visionary’ steps by Belize, UNESCO removed the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest in the world, from its list of endangered World Heritage Sites.
  • Taiwan legalizes same-sex marriage in a historic first for Asia.
  • London marathon replaces water bottles with biodegradable and edible water pouches.
  • Following high-end brands like Gucci, Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo, Prada also pledged to go fur free.
  • Deforestation in Indonesia fell by 60%, as a result of a ban on clearing peatlands, new educational campaigns and better law enforcement.
  • Hansjörg Wyss, a philanthropist, and conservationist has offered $1 billion dollars to protect our earth. In an article titled “We Have to Save the Planet. So I’m Donating $1 Billion” Mr. Wyss stated he is willing to donate this amount of money with the goal of protecting 30 percent of the planet’s surface by 2030.

Positive Month

We don’t know about you guys, but sometimes we just get sick and tired of always being sick and tired. All the negative information our social outlets are flooded with gives us the energy to do more, but it also puts us down from time to time. So, for the whole month of May, only positive things from us! Celebrating positive news all around the world. From sustainability, to human rights and animal welfare.

Here are our favourite news facts from around the world:

  • Since 1998, a husband and wife from Brazil planted more than 2.7 million trees and rejuvenated 1,502 acres of tropical forest. In addition, 172 species of birds have returned, 33 species of mammals, 15 species of amphibians.
  • Since 2014 (in the US alone) veganism grew with 500%
  • Uber has launched a new feature for female drivers in Saudi Arabia, which lets them block male passengers from hailing their ride. The new ‘Woman preferred view’ feature came into force in April, after a 2018 Uber survey in Saudi Arabia found 74% of female drivers wouldn’t take male passengers.
  • There were as many people searching for vegan Thanksgiving recipes as there were people searching for turkey Thanksgiving recipes in November 2018.
  • Vintage and second hand stores are an ever-growing business, with an increase of 7% in sales over the last 3 years.
  • With a little help from his dad and the local community, Nine-year-old Ken from the Philippines is finally fulfilling a dream – to help run a no-kill dog shelter of his very own.
  • In Europe, palm oil can no longer be used for biodiesel. More than half of the imported palm oil was used fort his type of gas.
  • Approximately 52.000 square kilometres of forest are developed every year.
  • 170 countries have pledged to ‘significantly reduce’ the use of plastics by 2030.
  • One day, Canadian entrepreneur Robert Bezeau got tired of the plastic bottles laying everywhere so he decided to create a new way of reusing them. He builds homes out of plastic bottles and they look just like regular houses.
  • Climate change education could become mandatory in Connecticut schools.
  • Clean energy jobs in 18 major U.S. cities considerably out number jobs in fossil fuels sector.
  • 8 Year-old homeless refugee from Nigeria wins chess championship in New York.
  • The population in wild tigers in Nepal was found to have nearly doubled in the last nine years, thanks to efforts by conservationists and increased funding for protected areas.
  • Trinidad and Tobago’s high court ruled that the Caribbean nation’s colonial-era law, banning gay sex, was unconstitutional.
  • Germany released new figures showing that more than 300.000 refugees have now found jobs, and the share of MPs with migrant backgrounds has risen from 3% to 9% in the last two elections.
  • In the forests of central Africa, the population of mountain gorillas, one of the word’s most endangered species, was reported to have increased by 25% since 2010, to over 1000 individuals.
  • Olympians at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games will be receiving recycled trash as their prizes. The environmentally conscious Medal Project is using scrap metals to manufacture the prizes fort he upcoming games. In a countrywide effort, citizens within Japan have been donating their consumer electronics directly to the cause.
  • Pakistan’s parliament passed a landmark law guaranteeing basic rights for transgender citizens and outlawing all forms of discrimination by employers.
  • Following ‘visionary’ steps by Belize, UNESCO removed the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest in the world, from its list of endangered World Heritage Sites.
  • Taiwan legalizes same-sex marriage in a historic first for Asia.
  • London marathon replaces water bottles with biodegradable and edible water pouches.
  • Following high-end brands like Gucci, Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo, Prada also pledged to go fur free.
  • Deforestation in Indonesia fell by 60%, as a result of a ban on clearing peatlands, new educational campaigns and better law enforcement.
  • Hansjörg Wyss, a philanthropist, and conservationist has offered $1 billion dollars to protect our earth. In an article titled “We Have to Save the Planet. So I’m Donating $1 Billion” Mr. Wyss stated he is willing to donate this amount of money with the goal of protecting 30 percent of the planet’s surface by 2030.