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Prepare for Climate Change Now or Pay the Consequences Later

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This is one in an ongoing series of NRDC staff blogs dealing with environmental health, natural resource and quality-of-life impacts of Hurricane Sandy.
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And just how are we going to explain to future generations we saw this coming and did nothing about it?

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Hope is sturdy; instead of drowning in despair, it rolls up its sleeves and sets out to change things.
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The Power Of Human Resilience After Major Disasters-- And The Importance Of Community

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Researchers had the unique chance to measure the "happiness" of vulnerable New Orleans residents before and after Hurricane Katrina. The...
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Try again, Fail again. It reminds me of the...

Try again, Fail again. It reminds me of the... | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Try again, Fail again.

It reminds me of the hauntingly beautiful Leonard Cohen song, “Hallelujah”:

Love is not a victory march…
It’s a cold and broken Hallelujah

What if life is not just about the goal?
What if it is not even just about the path to the goal?
I’ve ever heard wise people tell us that life is not about the success
but about the buoyancy, the bounce back, the
get-back-up-after-you-get-knocked-down.

What if it is not even the bounce back,
but the fall better, fail bette
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K.D. Lang's version of "Hallelujah" moves me more than any other. Here's her performance at the Vancouver Olympics, along with a poem in the same spirit.

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Forgiveness is healthy, but why is it so hard?

Forgiveness is healthy, but why is it so hard? | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Science is discovering what religion has always known: forgiveness is good for us. But that doesn’t make it any easier
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Hard and important...and Amy Westervelt makes the process sweeter

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Surprise! Elephants Have Been Listening to and Judging Us By Our Voices

Surprise! Elephants Have Been Listening to and Judging Us By Our Voices | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
African elephants are extremely intelligent and have learned to differentiate between languages, ages and genders among humans and determine who poses a threat to them.
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The more we learn about animal intelligence, the more we will be compelled to treat them with respect and compassion...I hope!

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13 Amazing Benefits of Walking

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You don’t need to train for a marathon, spend hours on an elliptical, or turn your guest room into a gym to get fitter, healthier, and happier.
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More reasons to keep going on my daily walks

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A Timeless Bond: Amazing Cat Tracks Down Elderly Guardian in Nursing Home

A Timeless Bond: Amazing Cat Tracks Down Elderly Guardian in Nursing Home | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Nancy Cowen needed to live in Westcott, England's Bramley House, a nursing home, and two weeks later, her cat Cleo showed up at the facility.
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Cleo was a rescue cat but ended up as a rescuer.

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The Opposite of Shame

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Forgiving yourself for your stupid mistakes can be really difficult. By doing so, though, Courtney Martin argues that you will not only honor those who love you deeply and you will stop beating yourself up in the process.
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Beautiful thought - honouring the people who love you by forgiving yourself.

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"Forgiveness Is Liberating": Desmond Tutu On Healing A Nation's Racist Past

"Forgiveness Is Liberating": Desmond Tutu On Healing A Nation's Racist Past | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
In 1997, he asked: "Who could have thought we would ever be an example, except of awfulness; who could ever have thought we would be held up as a model to the rest of the world?" Today, South Africa's healing process is a beacon of hope for the United States.
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When Animals Are Our Teachers, by Awakin Call Transcript

When Animals Are Our Teachers, by Awakin Call Transcript | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
"...to have a relationship with a wild creature, first you have to have a relationship with yourself." For thousands of years, human beings have lived side by side with animals. We share a common heritage here on earth, and, when we open our minds, we find there is much to learn from wild perspectives around us. Steve Karlin shares the insights he has gained after years spent caring for and connecting with animals; going within to connect with all that is without
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For anyone who loves animals, this is incredibly moving.

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Suspending Students Isn't Effective. Here's What Schools Should Do Instead

Suspending Students Isn't Effective. Here's What Schools Should Do Instead | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A decade ago, 60 percent of students at one South Los Angeles middle school were suspended at some point during the school year. Out of 1,958 sixth, seventh and eight graders, 1,189 were written up for drugs, violence or class disruptions. But this zero-tolerance discipline policy didn’t have the desired effects. Troubled kids isolated themselves, …
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Robin Hood Army - an effort of two youngsters to fight hunger, to build a better society

Robin Hood Army - an effort of two youngsters to fight hunger, to build a better society | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Inspiring story of Robin Hood Army, an initiative of two friends to serve free dinner to the homeless every Sunday, in a way to build a better society.
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So many good people in the world...

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From Dancing On Trains To Becoming India's First Transgender Mayor: Meet Madhu Kinnar

From Dancing On Trains To Becoming India's First Transgender Mayor: Meet Madhu Kinnar | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Raigarh gives India its first transgender mayor, Madhu Kinnar. Here is all you need to know about her and other "almost-mayor" transgenders in the past.
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How One Lady & Her E-Commerce Portal Is Transforming Dharavi Slum Dwellers Into Entrepreneurs

How One Lady & Her E-Commerce Portal Is Transforming Dharavi Slum Dwellers Into Entrepreneurs | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Megha Gupta has come up with an e-commerce platform that is enabling Dharavi slum dwellers to earn a better livelihood. See their journey in photos!
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One woman, many dreams, and a window of hope opens in a Mumbai slum. 

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The Award-Winning Program That's Kept 1,000 Kids Off Houston Streets

The Award-Winning Program That's Kept 1,000 Kids Off Houston Streets | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Children love to learn, but you have to find subjects that interest them.
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What a terrific program for making education relevant and important for students. 

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Four Years Of Compassion College | ServiceSpace.org

Four Years Of Compassion College | ServiceSpace.org | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
[Few months back, Nipun-bhai gave a talk at an Awakin Circle at the Urban Ashram -- in our home.  The talk, and it's accompanying presence, moved many of us profoundly.  As a way to share our gratitude, we got a hold of a cell phone recording and transcribed it for
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This kind of education would be world changing.

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50 Awesome Quotes on Risk Taking

50 Awesome Quotes on Risk Taking | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

1. "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." -- Goethe
2. "Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." -- Helen Keller
3. "It's not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It's because we dare not venture that they are difficult." -- Seneca
4. "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go." -- T.S. Eliot
5. "What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it is another matter." -- Peter Drucker


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Quotes don't change our life, but sometimes they give us a little hope.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 9, 6:52 PM

These are not from obvious contemporary sources and reflect a more classic view of innovation and leadership.

 

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8 Smart Species Challenge How We Think of Animals

8 Smart Species Challenge How We Think of Animals | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Animals are smarter than we thought because people use intelligence as the reason to treat humans and nonhuman animals differently Its time to reevaluate
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Sometimes I get frustrated by how little of animal communication I understand, but I am fascinated and respectful and grateful the wild neighbours around my city home let me watch.

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Stray Dog Befriends Trekkers and Follows Them for 430 Miles

Stray Dog Befriends Trekkers and Follows Them for 430 Miles | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When a group of Swedish hikers fed a stray dog a treat, little did they know that he would become their new best friend as they trekked 430 miles in a grueling jungle endurance race.
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One lonely dog found companionship in a group of trekkers. Now he has his forever home.

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Rescued Beagle Clings to Outside of Ambulance to Stay with His Human

Rescued Beagle Clings to Outside of Ambulance to Stay with His Human | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Buddy the beagle refused to be left behind as an ambulance sped away with his best friend. What he did next is amazing.
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Dogs are such loyal creatures when they are in a loving relationship with their humans. This one was not going to let his human out of his sight.

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VIDEO: This Is Probably The Best "Happy" Video We Have Seen So Far

VIDEO: This Is Probably The Best "Happy" Video We Have Seen So Far | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
99% of the dancers in this video are 100% deaf!
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Here's another "Happy" smile from enthusiastic dancers.

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Grandson invents glasses to help his grandmother see again (with video)

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Marian Reekie tries on her grandson's invention

Marian Reekie suffers from macular degeneration. She has lost her central vision as a result. She even went to Denver to find special glasses to help ...
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First his grandmother, next the world. 

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Replace the Gospel of Money: An Interview With David Korten, by Dean Paton

Replace the Gospel of Money: An Interview With David Korten, by Dean Paton | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Change or die. That's the provocative belief of former Harvard Business School professor David Korten as he seeks to radically change the way the world thinks, especially when it comes to the subject of money. Wanting to steer away from the old paradigm that holds money and markets sacred, he believes the world needs to quickly shift into the emerging "Sacred Life and Living Earth" story. This article delves deeper into his perspective.
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Here's what I try to life by, expressed beautifully by Korten: "The less I’m dependent on money, the freer I am. Realize that the only legitimate purpose of the economy is to serve life, is to serve us as living beings making our living in co-productive partnership with living Earth."

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Apple CEO, Tim Cook, to give away Fortune.

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, to give away Fortune. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
He addresses socially impactful subjects like human rights, gay rights and race equality.
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Tim Cook has come through for Apple on many fronts. This is another.

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A Classroom With Love At The Center, by Peggy Sia

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Peggy Sia has some remarkable fifth grade moments. "One morning, as we were discussing the meaning of resilience, a student recalled something his coach said to the team during a practice. The things one chooses to do that others will not do today, will enable one to do the things that others cannot do tomorrow. Such powerful words coming from that of a 10-year-old." Every day, they move her to rise before the sun, step out of her slumbering household, and into the hour-long commute to school. With her "Big 3" classroom tools, Peggy unleashes a class culture of empathy-- one in which math problems and grammar lessons unfold with love at the center.
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How These College Students Are Reviving The Ancient Art Of Puppetry - The Better India

How These College Students Are Reviving The Ancient Art Of Puppetry - The Better India | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

EvThe students from SRCC college started an initiative to help this amazing art forms and today they have managed to change lives of 14 such artists.

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