We are often bombarded with fear-mongering and shocking headlines that make us feel that the world is falling apart.

However, while it’s important to report on problems and issues, I believe there is so much good in this world that it needs to be found and promoted just as widely.

Because of that, I started The Happy Broadcast. It's an anti-venom to the vitriolic rhetoric that pervades our media. Also, this year, I’ve illustrated even more happy news than in 2018.

We need more positive news to acknowledge that the world is actually getting better little by little.

More info: Instagram

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Rose the Cook
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2 years ago

Child marriage should not be tolerated anywhere.

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When I'm working on The Happy Broadcast, I try to pick news that has an international appeal and touches themes like animal rights, climate change and science. News that shows how much we’re progressing on many fronts despite being often bombarded with few-mongering headlines.

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Ania O
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2 years ago

This should have way more upvotes!

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Marc
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2 years ago

Yet big parts of the Rainforest are burning these days...

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I think there are many reasons why negative news is dominating the media. It's like a sudden disaster a, it's more compelling than, for example, little improvements. Bad things can happen quickly, but good things aren’t built in a day, and as they unfold, they're out of sync with the news cycle.

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Nea
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2 years ago

This must make many people happy due to one act. Lovely initiative.

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Raine Soo
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2 years ago

I had read about this in the news earlier this year. Good job, mate!

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Marc
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2 years ago

Thank you Norway!

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As humans, we have this thing called “negative bias” that make us respond quicker to bad or dangerous situations. Nowadays, this bias is getting in the way of our happiness and well-being, and even our productivity because most of the narrative surrounding us (print, online or mobile) is that the “world is ending".

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Foxxy
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2 years ago

Wow, that is a huge rise. Fantastic efforts.

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Marc
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2 years ago

It is getting more and more common in some countries and supermarkets. Loose fruits and vegetables and also non-perfect ones. It's a good trend!

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2 years ago (edited)

More funding is needed for stem cell research. They have already discovered some incredible ways stem cells can help with paralysis and other movement disorders etc. Imagine what else they can discover.

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I think we should find a balance between negative and positive news. From politics to climate change and economy, negative and bad news surrounds us everywhere we go. A potential solution could be to limit the amount of bad news, basically slow down our personal news cycle, adding some positive news to our “news diet” to make sure that our outlook on the world is more optimistic. Also, it's very important to invest time to deal with misinformation and the reliability of news sources.

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Magpie
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2 years ago

Ducks will also be providing some fertilizer. Win Win

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Marc
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2 years ago

That is amazing! The Netherlands are an amazing example when it comes to society and community. We all can learn from them!

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Lucas
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2 years ago

Every country needs to do that - and stop whaling.

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Nea
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2 years ago

Steps like these show the power of the State in achieving large scale sustainable results if there is a will.

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Sonja
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2 years ago

Oh...thats sooo sweet, that should be everywhere..

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Marc
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2 years ago

That is especially important in the fight against so called puppy mills.

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Iggy
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2 years ago

Or buzz stops, as they should now be known.

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Marc
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2 years ago

It's sad that in 2019 equal pay has to be enforced. It should be just normal... should.

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Sonja
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2 years ago

Oooh.love this...why it is not everywhere...

Steve Cruz
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2 years ago

You'll be happy to know that a lot of senior day programs and nursing homes have animal visitation. In Denver it's only limited by the number of people who can evaluate, transport and oversee shelter animals.

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Magpie
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2 years ago

IN my state in Australia, the rspca will allow adoptions ( they quiz the humans very carefully, and you have to sign a contract to be kind ) of elder animals free. Cats and dogs over ten years..... i adopted a 14 year old cat and just love him.

Emily Keryk
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2 years ago

Greyhounds in Victoria are free if they are 5 and over. Spayed , collar lead and jacket included!

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Karyn Lowe
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2 years ago

I love this. As a senior, you think twice before adopting a pet who would be left homeless If you died or were hospitalized.

Diane Joines
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2 years ago

I have an older friend whose son took her to animal rescue when her husband of 54 years died. Come to find out, the sweet, older dog she selected has epileptic seizures. Since her husband was epileptic, she took her new companion to the doctor and keeps medicine handy. In short, the sweet dog has not had a seizure in some time and the two are fast friends. Where she goes, so goes this incredible dog!

Sherri Franklin
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2 years ago

i love bringing senior dogs together with seniors!!

Emily Ashcraft
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2 years ago

everyone needs a cuddle cub

Sue Clifford
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2 years ago

The best therapy anyone could have.

Nancy Bernard
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2 years ago

Just read about a 93 year old man adopting a 13 year old dog ready to be put down. Both are thrilled to be with each other, and will live out their lives with all the TLC they both deserve!

Sherry Stafford
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2 years ago

how wonderful.

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Sarawyn
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2 years ago

Awww such a sweet idea. ❤️

Carole Reilly
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2 years ago

Love this idea!

Kerstin Landgren
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2 years ago

Great idea!

Iggy
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2 years ago

That's adorable!

Nancy Kosola
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2 years ago

Wonderful... Finally someone is finding a solution to homeless pets and lonely Seniors❣️👏🏼👏🏼👍🏼🐾🐾

Caroline Mordy
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2 years ago

Senior pups are the best 💖

Ranko Yokoyama
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2 years ago

Oh this is so heart warming!!!

Vivien Counsell Mitchell
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2 years ago

What a wonderful idea! Will look at trying this in Fiji.

Collette Milligan
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2 years ago

So cool👍

Dee Backiel
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2 years ago

Awwwwwww!!!!!

Goldie MG
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2 years ago

Great, love to join in.

CincyReds
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2 years ago

Cuddle club.... Just love this!

Dena G
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2 years ago

this is awesome!

Lissa Ramnath
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2 years ago

Creative and very heart-warming.

Stefan Reinhardt
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2 years ago

The average home in San Fran is around a mil now. Any low-cost entertainment for the fixed income elderly is probably very much needed.

Sandra Mason
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2 years ago

cats need love and exercise too.

Sherry Stafford
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2 years ago

agree love my kitties and dogs.

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Johanna-Nicollette Kidd
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2 years ago

How wonderful

Thomas Turnbull
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2 years ago

That's so nice

Mooncut
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2 years ago

Awwwww

Steve Cruz
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2 years ago

San Francisco also has co-housing for Seniors and Single-parent households. The emotional and practical support they receive from each other is proving revolutionary!

Sherry Stafford
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2 years ago

thats th way all states should be, its sad.

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Anna McHugh
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2 years ago

This is so fantastic - everywhere should do it

sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Excellent, it should have always been everywhere, good beginning !!!

Toni Miller
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2 years ago

Brilliant!

Lyn Thompson
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2 years ago

This is lovely

Marcy Hatch
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2 years ago

what a marvelous idea!!!

Tara
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2 years ago

Can I watch a show about this?

Margaret Wright
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2 years ago

How lovely

Kathryn Marie Mitchell
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2 years ago

Finally something positive coming out of San Francisco, Wonderful idea

sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Simply Love, Love this !!!

Elizabeth Gardner
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2 years ago

Lovely idea.

Christina Uhlir
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2 years ago

There's no better companion than a furry one with the wagging tail. "Old age means realizing you will never own all the dogs you wanted to." - Joe Gores

Naomi
Community Member
2 years ago

Not only humans need love..!

Patrick De Montbrun
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2 years ago

Love it

Renée Guercia
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2 years ago

Awwww how great!

Minnie Bourque
Community Member
2 years ago

Fabulous idea!

Diane Pannesco
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2 years ago

Great idea

Tanya Johnstone
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2 years ago

what a great idea

Rose Fagan
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2 years ago

So sweet. Necessary.

Robert Cooper
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2 years ago

Good idea

Susan Henry
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2 years ago

Love this

Joey Tam
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2 years ago

LOVE LOVE

Linda DeBaker Mucha Thomas
Community Member
2 years ago

Amen! So many more dogs could be saved! Hope this catches on everywhere!

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

This is fantastic, thank you San Francisco !!!

Lauren Mark
Community Member
2 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing stories of people who see a need and work to help fill it. You have inspired me to remember a time in my life when I worked toward this too!

Lauren Mark
Community Member
2 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing stories where people saw a need and worked to help meet it - you have reminded me of a time in my life when I used to strive for this too

Marg Smith
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2 years ago

Lovely idea

Julie Lynch
Community Member
2 years ago

Join me up!!

Kirsten Lunoe
Community Member
2 years ago

I wonder who pays for this service. I love it

Dorothy Johnson
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2 years ago

Love this idea.

Christal McTier
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2 years ago

I love this idea!

Sherry Stafford
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2 years ago

yes this should be in all cities.

MarGreta Jorgensen
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2 years ago

Only in San Francisco? Seems like a good match😉

Lisa Walmsley
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2 years ago

Good news for a while

Donna Miller
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2 years ago

love this

Cenk Karaferya
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2 years ago

Love this!!!

Gay Abarbanell
Community Member
2 years ago

So sweet.

Probodh Palit
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2 years ago

Don't think its thought through - dogs have a short life span and a death is just another reminder of ones mortality - young pups from shelters may be a better idea ?

Christina Uhlir
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2 years ago

Probodh, just because people do not want to be reminded of their own mortality, (which is silly) the older dogs should be deprived of opportunity to love and be loved? This is an example of the typical human egoistic superiority.

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Diane Moore
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2 years ago

Love this!!

Linda Robinett
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2 years ago

The original cuddle clubs gave me the creeps but this is dogs and humans so it is really nice.

Laura Baldwin
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2 years ago

They should do it in UK

Twenty øne doggos
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2 years ago

Aaaaaaaawwwwwwww!

Cindy Snow
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2 years ago

San Francisco needs to fix the poop problem. Yes human not just dog!

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Pamela24
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2 years ago

I love this picture! So cute!

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Full Name
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2 years ago

This is a great contrast to all the negativity we hear about women's value in India.

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Raine Soo
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2 years ago

Thank you, thank you, thank you! The bees thank you, and I thank you.

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Magpie
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2 years ago

I have always hated circuses. Even when I was so young I did not have the words to explain why I was crying. So good to see this!!!

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2 years ago

I'll believe it when I see it. There have been stories of oil eating bacteria, and all sorts of magical things that eat the bad stuff. I hope to see it, but until then....

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2 years ago

This is fantastic. Sooooo many people end up in jail or dead because we fail them as a society.

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2 years ago

Did they find a match?

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Iggy
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2 years ago

95% is very impressive.

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European other
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2 years ago

Yes but they are in danger of climate change now like many species

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Rose the Cook
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2 years ago

They should not have been there in the first place.

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Marc
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2 years ago

Palm oil is in so many products. I try to avoid them but it is not always easy. Palm tree farms did destroy a lot of animal habits and nature environments.

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Jon Garrett
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2 years ago

Nairobi has a baby elephant orphanage. So I guess not. Of course, if they are brought up in the orphanage, which is by Nairobi National Park, then they are not sold to a zoo or circus.

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2 years ago

That's adorable. Not sure how something involving grown adults and the most massive terrestrial animals can be adorable, but somehow it is.

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Raine Soo
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2 years ago

This is wonderful news!

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Zach Tan
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2 years ago

Great for packaging! For almost everything else, not so much. But still a great step forward!

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Pedro Hasashi
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2 years ago

Now let's build Jurassic Park!

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Magpie
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2 years ago

That is brilliant! And this research has taken a very long time to bear fruit. Thank god for scientists ;p

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Magpie
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2 years ago

This is great! This is what us grown ups need to do for the climate strike kids.

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Lucas
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2 years ago

The best snoots on the planet's best critters.

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Magpie
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2 years ago

So wonderful to see compassion making the law. * cries just a bit *

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Juliana Kessler
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2 years ago

This is definitely a good thing, but be careful to remember that fortnite is known for an especially toxic crunch culture. Employees are expected to work insane hours with no pay. Planting forests is good, but he should also be held responsible for the unfair and harmful working conditions his company creates.

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Marc
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2 years ago

That is a good sign. Break the circle! That is the only way.

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arjelio mas
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2 years ago

The rabid, right-wingers still spewing their nonsense that renewables will drive prices up so high no one will be able to have electricity will not be noticing this development. The belief disconfirmation paradigm is too powerful for some people to overcome.

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Kathy Baylis
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2 years ago

Glad to see them come back. Sad that they died out there in the first place.

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Slinkman
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2 years ago

Ironic to place greenery on the exact place where ice and snow should be.

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Nia Loves Art
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2 years ago

This is nice, but it would be better if children being educated wasn’t contingent on their parents paying any sort of fee.

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John
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2 years ago

Sweet! Now they just need to do something about the cattle ranchers.

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Rosie Hamilton
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2 years ago

Dogs are pretty good at this too!

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Foxxy
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2 years ago

We still have a long way to go.

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Alethia Nyx
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2 years ago

*one of mathematics most prestigious awards. The Abel prize for mathematics. The most prestigious is the fields medal, was first (and so far only) won by a woman in 2014, Maryam Mirzakhani.

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Foxxy
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2 years ago

Maybe so but what research has been made to find out the effects seaweed has on the cows body. We already know that corn isn’t very good for them yet they are still fed a high corn diet in some countries (US particularly).

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Lucas
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2 years ago

Although the use of solar panels is green, many solar panel manufacturing processes are not. To create a solar panel, caustic materials will emit greenhouse gases. Plus less than 11% of each panel has salvageable metals so they're not very recyclable once they're usable life has expired. Most people aren't aware that the 'green' alternatives often aren't.

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