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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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Homeless Man Offers Student All His Money To Get Her A Taxi. Now She's Thanking Him In A Big Way.

Homeless Man Offers Student All His Money To Get Her A Taxi. Now She's Thanking Him In A Big Way. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
After a homeless man offered a college student in England all the money he had so she'd be able to get home safely, the woman is paying it forward -- in a massive way.

Throughout the past few days, Dominique Harrison-Bentzen has raised almost $50...
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A Canadian City Once Eliminated Poverty And Nearly Everyone Forgot

A Canadian City Once Eliminated Poverty And Nearly Everyone Forgot | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
An aerial view of the city of Dauphin, Man. Forty years ago, a groundbreaking experiment provided cheques to Dauphin’s poorest to raise their incomes to a liveable wage. (Photo: Dauphin Economic Development/Facebook)



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It could happen again and spread across the country, allowing people dignity and defying critics.

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Kindness in a uniform | KindSpring.org

Kindness in a uniform | KindSpring.org | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Officer Thomas was about to arrest Jessica Robles, for stealing food to feed her hungry children, but changed her mind at the last minute.

Instead of arresting her, she bought Robles $100 worth of groceries: “I made the decision to buy her some groceries because arresting her wasn't going to solve
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Can you imagine someone painting on water? Check this Ebru artist's video

Can you imagine someone painting on water? Check this Ebru artist's video | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Garip Ay, one of the modern Ebru artist. Ebru is a traditional Turkish art form used to paint on water and later it is transferred onto other surfaces.
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Nicholas Lowinger, the incredible teenager who gets shoes for the homeless kids

Nicholas Lowinger, the incredible teenager who gets shoes for the homeless kids | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Inspiring story of Nicholas Lowinger, a 16 year old founder of Gotta Have Sole, a foundation that gives away new shoes to the kids in homeless shelters.
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Pimp my ... trash cart?

Pimp my ... trash cart? | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
In Brazil, "catadores" collect junk and recyclables. But while they provide a vital service that benefits all, they are nearly invisible as they roam the streets. Enter graffiti artist Mundano, a TED Fellow. In a spirited talk, he describes his project "Pimp My Carroça," which has transformed these heroic workers' carts into things of beauty and infused them with a sense of humor. It's a movement that is going global.
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This graffiti artist is changing the way the world looks at the people responsible for so much recycling

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'Perhaps I Can Do Food': How One Woman Makes a Difference Against Ebola

'Perhaps I Can Do Food': How One Woman Makes a Difference Against Ebola | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
From her home in London, Memuna Janneh could only watch as the Ebola outbreak worsened the food shortages in her home country of Sierra Leone. Then the gover...
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What These Inspiring Women Said Will Change Your Life - Touchtalent

What These Inspiring Women Said Will Change Your Life - Touchtalent | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
These are women from all over the world different countries, religions different fields. But they all have one thing common that the lives of these women are tremendously inspiring.
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It Is Now That My Life Is Mine | KarmaTube

It Is Now That My Life Is Mine | KarmaTube | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
In 2008, going through a dark patch, Hailey Bartholomew found comfort in a simple practice. Every day she took a photo of something she was grateful for. The practice yielded transformative results and led to the creation of 365grateful.com. Thousands would be inspired by it -- among them a young mother named Amy Gill. Thanks to Hailey's story, Amy would turn to gratefulness at a time of heartbreak in her own life. This film captures her beautiful spirit and story.
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Such a beautiful story - of loss and love and gratitude

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Juhasz family granted sanctuary at Walnut Grove Lutheran Church

Juhasz family granted sanctuary at Walnut Grove Lutheran Church | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A Hungarian family whose refugee claim was denied has been granted sanctuary by a B.C. church, the Walnut Grove Lutheran Church.
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The church and its congregation are acting with love and compassion for a family in distress.

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Micro Moments of Love, by Barbara Frederickson

Micro Moments of Love, by Barbara Frederickson | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
"Love is an emotion, a momentary state that arises to infuse your mind and body alike," writes Barbara Frederickson. Yet this transient state holds much promise beyond feeling good; love can be poignant in shaping perceptions of who we are, how we relate to the world, and even our health. Far from being a private event, love is an experience shared between people when they connect in the spirit of goodness. And that connection is at the heart of love's most telling effects: stretching us beyond our boundaries, inspiring awareness, and inviting us into a state of oneness.
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Retired Economist Moved From Mumbai To Dehradun & Is Providing Quality Education To The Poor

Retired Economist Moved From Mumbai To Dehradun & Is Providing Quality Education To The Poor | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
From providing quality schooling to enabling students to access world class facilities, PYDS is leaving no stone unturned in bridging the education gap.
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A 19-Year-Old's Book Of Untranslatable Words, by Maptia, Co-founder Team

A 19-Year-Old's Book Of Untranslatable Words, by Maptia, Co-founder Team | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When you start with a heartfelt offering, you never know where life may take you next. Read on for the tale of Ella Sanders, whose creative illustrations about untranslatable words grew from a blog post into a published book now out from Random House. You'll also get a sampling of some marvelous, untranslatable words from around the world. Like Mangata -- Swedish for "the road-like reflection of the moon in water."
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This is absolutely magical

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The 'Eat More Kale' Guy Triumphs Over Chik-fil-A's Bullying

The 'Eat More Kale' Guy Triumphs Over Chik-fil-A's Bullying | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
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Christmas came a little early for a family T-shirt business in Vermont. After a difficult three-year battle and well-funded corporate opposition, Eat More Kale finally got its long awaited trademark. If you haven’t been following this story, pull up a bushel of kale and have a seat. It’s a cracking good tale of an earnest David taking on a big bully of a Goliath.

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A Good Night’s Sleep Is Hard to Find

A Good Night’s Sleep Is Hard to Find | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Interruptions throughout a night’s sleep can provide creative or inspired thinking—a norm that faded with the advent of electricity.
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Nature's own light show - Norway, home of the Northern Lights

Nature's own light show - Norway, home of the Northern Lights | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Unbelievable phenomenon of mother nature called as Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis, a natural light display in the sky seen near north and south poles.
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Razia Jan, a CNN hero, who fights to educate rural Afghani girls

Razia Jan, a CNN hero, who fights to educate rural Afghani girls | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Inspiring story of Razia Jan, founder of Razia's Ray of Hope, who dared to fight with extremists to educate Afghani girls through the zabuli education trust.
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Can You Teach Someone How to Be Creative?

Can You Teach Someone How to Be Creative? | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The Children's Innovation Project certainly thinks so.
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Fascinating project - and worth replicating elsewhere

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No 'bird brains'? Crows exhibit advanced relational thinking, study suggests

No 'bird brains'? Crows exhibit advanced relational thinking, study suggests | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

I Crows have the brain power to solve higher-order, relational-matching tasks, and they can do so spontaneously, according to new research. That means crows join humans, apes and monkeys in exhibiting advanced relational thinking, according to the research.

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I am a long-time admirer of crows. Here's yet more reason to watch them with fascination.

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21 Habits Of Supremely Happy People

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Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.

In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds o...
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Simple, powerful

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Tylenol Recreates Norman Rockwell Painting with Lesbian Moms - Designer Daddy

Tylenol Recreates Norman Rockwell Painting with Lesbian Moms - Designer Daddy | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A new Tylenol campaign brings an iconic Norman Rockwell painting to life with modern depictions of family, including one with two lesbian moms.
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Some things are changing for the better.

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How One Woman's Love Is Transforming Delhi's Brothels, by Audrey Lin

How One Woman's Love Is Transforming Delhi's Brothels, by Audrey Lin | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
G.B. Road houses a total of 77 brothels. Home to 4,000 women, and 1,500 children, it is the largest red light district in Delhi, India. An area no woman would go voluntarily. Or so you'd think. But a few years ago, Gitanjali Babbar walked right in. She quite literally knocked on the brothel doors, walked up the narrow staircases, and talked to the people there -- sipped tea with the brothel owners, listened, laughed, and came to know the women as her sisters, their children as her family. Three and half years ago, she launched Kat-Katha, a nonprofit that's quietly transformed parts of G.B. Road's brothels into classrooms, community centers, and safe spaces for the women and their children to learn, explore creative arts, and come alive with a sense of connection, expression, and possibility. Read more about Gitanjali's courageous journey and compassionate spirit here.
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One Man's Organized Response To Disaster, by encore.org

One Man's Organized Response To Disaster, by encore.org | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When tech executive David Campbell learned about the devastation in Thailand caused by the 2004 tsunami, he was moved to action. Armed with a wireless router and duct tape he flew to Thailand where, against the odds he organized a chaotic assortment of people from around the world into a team of effective volunteers. When Campbell returned home to the U.S., Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. Using the model he developed in Thailand, Campbell was on the ground within a week in Biloxi, MS, eventually rallying over 1,500 people to help. In 2005 Campbell launched the non-profit All Hands Volunteers to support disaster-struck communities all over the globe. To date the organization has mobilized over 28,000 volunteers. Read on to learn more about this inspiring effort.
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