Inspiring and positive news
During these extraordinary times, news coverage is dominated by pandemic related stories and stock market uncertainties. These stories have overshadowed the more positive news, which we believe is of equal importance. Traditional media often focuses on the negative, because it is sensational and drives both clicks and views. The Crowd1 media team have, therefore, created this Crowd1 compilation of positive and inspiring stories with intentions of sparking hope, restoring faith and to bring some extra joy to your day.
2 Million People in India Gather to Plant 20 Million Trees Along the River Ganges
In Uttar Pradesh, India, there is enough room for trees to grow — and enough space for 2 million residents to plant tree truckloads. Although the Coronavirus spread rapidly across the country, its threat was not enough to dissuade the government of the most populous Indian state from conducting a massive tree-planting campaign along the banks of the Ganges River as part of its pledge to shade a third of the nation under tree cover by 2030. The nation's target area of 235 million acres would represent the combined size of Texas and New Mexico. Planting was carried out last week by volunteers, non-profit workers, government workers, and even lawmakers, all of whom remained distant and wore face masks to stop the possible spread of coronavirus.
Giant Floating Balloons Will Bring Internet Access to 20,000 Square Miles in Remote KenyaThe Loon Project tech company will use large airborne balloons in constant motion to broadcast mobile internet at a download speed of up to 18.9 Mbps in order to benefit parts of the developing world in the same way that the cell tower broadcasts cellular signals. With approximately 72% of the 1,2 billion people living without the Internet in the East African nation, the project aims to close this gap with 4G LTE connectivity. This is the first deployment of Google Loon balloons in Africa, having already been deployed to provide mobile data to the entire island nation of Sri Lanka, as well as to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Grizzly bears will remain protected in Yellowstone!
The 700 or so grizzly bears around Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks are safe - at least for now.
A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled this week that the bears living in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem will remain protected under the Endangered Species Act. The decision affirmed a 2018 federal district ruling that required the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service to put Grizzly bears back on the endangered species list after the trump administration removed the act in 2007.
The ruling means that it’s now illegal to hunt grizzly bears for sport in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The decision was well-received among those in favor of protecting the animals, especially environmentalists and indigenous tribes, who long have been trying to enforce the law.
China bans the consumption of wildlife
After the outbreak of COVID-19, which is believed to have transferred from bats to humans at a market in Wuhan, China has banned the consumption of wild animals. The prohibition forbids all terrestrial wild animals, whether captive-bred or wild-caught, from being hunted, sold, shipped, and eaten where the end goal is to feed.
Endangered animals that have reverted their endangered status:
The world's largest mammal, the blue whale, was seen in the waters around Antarctica in "unprecedented numbers"-an indication that a revival could be staged by the critically endangered species.
Notre Dame Bees
Three colonies of bees that survived the devastating fire of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris are "thriving," their keeper said. The population, which is thought to be between 30,000 and 45,000 bees across three urchins, has been living in the cathedral since 2013. They survived the fire miraculously in April 2019.
The gray wolf can howl again in Colorado if the vote to reintroduce predators passes this year. The bill proposing the return of the animal is scheduled to be submitted to the voters in November; the poll indicates that it is likely to pass. Wolves were almost extinct in the US, but successful reintroduction programs have brought predators back to some areas.
On October 9th, 2012, Malala Yousafzai was shot three times in the head by the Taliban, a miracle happens as she survived. Education advocate, Malala Yousafzai, did not only survive the attack but also got global acclaim. On Friday, Malala graduated from Oxford University which is one of the world's top universities.
Eight years after being shot by the Pakistani Taliban, the women's education advocate and the world's youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner shared a photo of herself smothered in the cake as she celebrated her degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University in Britain.
"It's hard to express my joy and gratitude right now," she wrote to her 3 million followers of social media. Yousafzai, 22, whose father was a teacher, has become a global icon for girls' education and has continued to champion the cause, traveling around the world from the White House to refugee camps, and campaigning for girls' rights to improve their minds and lives.
These ambitious women from the slums of Addis Ababa were determined to get out of poverty by setting up prosperous companies, despite constant 'no' from financial institutions. But things went that direction. They joined together and founded the VSLA, the Village Savings, and Loan Association. It was named Enat Fiker, meaning a mother's love.
Malnutrition in India Has Plummeted By 60 Million
Findings from the recent United Nations report indicate that the number of undernourished and hungry people in India has decreased by 60 million over the last decade and that other regions of Asia are also experiencing declines. India has the second-largest population on earth, but, fortunately, as the population grows, food insecurity is declining. Considered a leader in authoritative malnutrition reporting, the United Nations State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World estimated that the number of undernourished people in India decreased by 20%, from 249.4 million in 2004 to 189.2 million in 2019.
In Central Asia, this year's prevalence of undernutrition decreased from 11.1% in 2005 to 5.9% in 2019. In East Asia, the same period saw a 6 percent drop from 14.1% to 8.3 percent, while in South East Asia it was halved – from 18.5 percent to 9.2 percent. Even though improvements have been seen in some parts of the world over decades, these historically ravaged lands of communism have only improved throughout the last 15 years.
An amazing improvement is a clear fact in this matter in said countries. Let’s hope the trend keeps on being positive.
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