This Gives Me Hope
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This Gives Me Hope
Hope is sturdy; instead of drowning in despair, it rolls up its sleeves and sets out to change things.
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India nurtures youth advocates for climate action

India nurtures youth advocates for climate action | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The government is funding climate change education, hoping it will raise awareness and tempt young people into related careers
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Training a generation of problem solvers

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Daily Cute: Man and Fox - A Love Story

Daily Cute: Man and Fox - A Love Story | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
After Cropper the fox was injured during a fight with a dog, he was near death. Luckily, Mike found him and he recovered beautifully. Now the two are besties.
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Pit Bull Rescues Woman From Burning House

Pit Bull Rescues Woman From Burning House | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A pit bull saved his owner from a fire in her Long Island, NY, home on May 3, barking to alert her of the flames that would soon engulf her home.
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Tree surgeon in England goes out of his way to save 20,000 bees

Tree surgeon in England goes out of his way to save 20,000 bees | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Thankfully, there are folks like John Joinson who are doing their part to keep those black and yellow bugs in the pink.
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Hats off to John Joinson for saving these bees.

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Why Sharing News About Solutions is a Revolutionary Act

Hope isn't blind optimism. It's a sense of possibility—delight in the new and joy in creativity that characterizes our species. So let's break the good-news ban and become storytellers about real breakthroughs. (Below, don't miss my top ten go-to's.) I'm convinced that in the process, we will strengthen our capacity to incorporate and act on the bad news as well.

 

After all, it's only in changing the small stories that we change the big, dangerous story—the myth of our own powerlessness. Remember, what we do and say doesn't just influence our friends, but also our friends' friends and our friends' friends' friends (yes, research shows it goes three layers out).

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Yes! This is why I'm blogging for hope. I believe we are far better than we are given credit for in most reporting.

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Why Your Supermarket Only Sells 5 Kinds of Apples

Why Your Supermarket Only Sells 5 Kinds of Apples | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
And one man's quest to bring hundreds more back.
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This modern-day Johnny Appleseed is working to change that dismal picture.

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Violence & Silence: Jackson Katz, Ph.D at TEDxFiDiWomen

Jackson Katz, Phd, is an anti-sexist activist and expert on violence, media and masculinities. An author, filmmaker, educator and social theorist, Katz has w...
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Thanks for this, Jackson Katz. You are doing important work.

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3 People Who Will Change the Way the World Views Aging

3 People Who Will Change the Way the World Views Aging | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Here are 3 people who have dedicated themselves to changing the way the world views aging.
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Kia the puppy apparently survives nearly a month in impounded car at Kansas City lot

Kia the puppy apparently survives nearly a month in impounded car at Kansas City lot | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A Kansas City animal shelter is caring for a puppy that authorities say survived in a locked car that was impounded nearly a month ago and taken to a city lot.
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Starving Baby Goose Falls in Love with His Rescuer

Starving Baby Goose Falls in Love with His Rescuer | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Read how one woman took quick action to save a starving gosling and how their relationship bloomed in the home and garden.
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10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy

10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Scientists can tell us how to be happy. Really. Here are 10 ways, with the research to prove it.
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Katy Perry And Girl With Autism Sing 'Firework', Bring Down House

Katy Perry And Girl With Autism Sing 'Firework', Bring Down House | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Jodi DiPiazza, an 11-year-old girl with autism, duets with Katy Perry on 'Firework' at the Night Of Too Many Stars.
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Think you're tough? Spencer West will travel 300 km on his hands to raise money for clean-water projects

Think you're tough? Spencer West will travel 300 km on his hands to raise money for clean-water projects | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Breathable, padded rowing gloves will shield Spencer West’s hands from rough concrete this week, as the man with no legs who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last year takes on his latest challenge in Alberta.
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The power of not believing in limitations

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A dog with a special talent | WTHITV.com Clay County, Indiana

A dog with a special talent | WTHITV.com  Clay County, Indiana | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Finding a dog that can fetch is hardly news.

We’ve found a dog that can fetch; that we think is worth a news story.
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I'm grateful to Denise Brownlie for this link. Beautiful story.

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Indian Villagers Rush to the Rescue of a Baby Elephant (Video)

Indian Villagers Rush to the Rescue of a Baby Elephant (Video) | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
All too often, along the blurry borders of civilization and the natural world, it can seem our presence must come at the detriment to local wildlife.
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Bamboo farming can offset carbon emission

Environmentalists throughout the world have proposed bamboo farming as an alternative way to offset carbon emission from the human population.

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And here is someone who has been offsetting carbon for decades, starting with bamboo and planting a forest: http://thisgivesmehope.com/2013/05/12/665-jadav-mulai-payeng-planted-a-forest/

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River volunteers deliver ‘low impact, big results’ in frequent cleanups

River volunteers deliver ‘low impact, big results’ in frequent cleanups | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A child’s swimming pool. Shotgun shells. A mountain of tires. And a 3-foot alligator — cold but very much alive. All of the above —
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It's volunteers like these who will assure the river's future for their grandchildren.

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Gas pump prank turns couple into Internet sensation

Gas pump prank turns couple into Internet sensation | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Leno struck viral gold with a gas station prank featuring the talented Will and Monifa Sims.
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And they're good! I was smiling all the way through it.

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Cute or cuter? See these newborn zoo animals come out to play

Cute or cuter? See these newborn zoo animals come out to play | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Spring is the season of adorableness as newborns make their first public appearances
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My thanks to Susan G. for this link - all 10 photos are sweet. This one's my fav.

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Fotos preciosas que reflejan la vida que nos estamos perdiendo y que estamos, en muchos casos, ahogando. 

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Little Free Library: Books for Everyone!

Little Free Library: Books for Everyone! | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
These Little Free Library kiosks have been popping up all over Atlanta, and it turns out they're helping folks share books around the world!
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A Wet Towel In Space Is Not Like A Wet Towel On Earth : NPR

A Wet Towel In Space Is Not Like A Wet Towel On Earth : NPR | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
On Earth, a really wet wash cloth, squeezed tight, will drip. Watch what happens in space.
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Chris Hadfield has done so much for science education, with all his reports from space.

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Light up a village, bringing solar power to West Africa

Light up a village, bringing solar power to West Africa | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Portraits of the people of Kanuma who recently benefited from the 'Light up a village' initiative in The Gambia, West Africa
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Wonderful photographs of people whose eyes are light filled

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Centenarians: National Centenarian Awareness Project/Centenarian Project

Featuring remarkable centenarians, the National Centenarian Awareness Project - Inspiring Positive Aging - celebrates active centenarians as role models for the future of aging.
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How's this for smashing stereotypes: "There is a preceived perception that older people live in the past. Twenty to twenty-five percent of the 500 active centenarians surveyed used computers or emailed." ~Lynn Peters Adler, JD

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Last Minutes with ODEN

Thank You Jason Wood for allowing us this moment. Oden's struggle with cancer finally came to an end. May he rest in peace and his memory be eternal. Canon 7...
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I lost a beloved dog to cancer so watched this through a film of tears.

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Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion | Video on TED.com

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect...
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Every child needs - and deserves - teachers like Rita Pierson

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