Good News Roundup III

In an uplifting Care2.com article from Women’s Day back on 8th of March, chains are lifted out of women’s rights. All around the world change is possible and change is happening as humanity takes another step towards peace, justice, freedom and equality.

“Today, on International Women’s Day, I join every individual who believes that change is possible. We are guided by a founding principle of the United Nations: the equal rights of men and women.

All around the world, our voices are rising, and silence and indifference are declining. Change is possible, and it’s happening.

Change is happening when every country, for the first time in history, has women on their Olympic teams, as they did this past summer in London.

Change is happening when people worldwide declare solidarity with a Pakistani girl who was shot for championing education for all, a girl named Malala.

Change is happening when protests erupt across the globe with women and men, young and old, rising up and saying no to violence against women.”

(read the original article here by Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN women)

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.” – Kahlil Gibran

This is the citation that makes way to an Intent.com article about Good Deeds Day. Good Deeds Day started back in 2007 by American-Israeli businesswoman, philanthropist and author Shari Arison. Not only successful, she is proof that you can maintain a thriving business without sacrificing values. Shari has also written about the importance of kindness both to ourselves and others on how to Activate Your Goodness where she inspires readers to “give without expecting to receive. It will likely be the most fulfilling thing you’ll ever do.”

“Good Deeds Day 2013 takes place on March 10, 2013, and it’s an invitation to give of ourselves and to support our own humankind, which we are all a part of. When we act in love, kindness, and for the good of others and our earth, we are directly impacting our own inner happiness and peace.

In the words of the 14th Dalai Lama:

‘When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.’ ”

(read the full article here)

It is known that past mistakes can haunt us for a long time, sometimes actually as long as 40 years. A few weeks back, wildlife officials received a letter from a Montana man, which identified himself only has Roy. In remorse, Roy confessed to have illegally hunt and killed three whitetail deer between 1967 and 1970. Even though the officials made known that statute of limitations had passed and he was no longer subject to a fine, he insisted that the check he had sent of $6000 dollars was put to use to prevent situations like the one he had done so many years ago.

From The Spokesman-Review:

“The officer suggested he could sign up with the agency for volunteer jobs at a wildlife area or habitat project to soothe his conscience, but Roy said he lived in Montana.

Last week, Mann got a message from the department’s Olympia headquarters that a $6,000 check had been delivered as a donation to the enforcement division.

“I was amazed,” Mann said. “It’s not uncommon for me to hear from people who are sorry for a wildlife infraction, but usually it’s because the judge stuck them with a big fine.”

Other environmental victories from Save BioGems are also worth of note such as the proposal for the protection of Polar Bears from Obama Administration;  the unprecedented level of protection to a Whale Nursery in San Ignacio Lagoon and the protection of Cabo Pulmo’s Coral Reef from a massive tourist scheme, both in Mexico; and the protection of millions of Acres in the Western Arctic Reserve from oil and gas drilling, ecosystem to countless wildlife species.

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In The Shadows of Pollution

“If… we don’t say anything, don’t pay any attention, what will future generations do? How will they survive in this type of pollution? When our descendants come to pay their respects, they won’t thank us. They will say, what were our forefathers doing? They already knew about this problem and they didn’t say anything? What were they thinking?”
— Wei Dongying, Environmental Activist, China

CITES (shamelessly) rejects ban to protect Polar Bears

It is sad how politics are sometimes so evidently manipulated by money that they can be just on-our-face shameless. A proposal to ban the trade in polar bears parts was rejected in CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) by a vote of 42 to 38, with 46 abstentions, on the argument that climate change is a much greater menace to polar bears than the commercial trade on their parts, a trade which kills 800 polar bears every year.

There are currently 20,000 to 25,000 polar bears in the wild, meaning that by 2050 we might be down to one third of the polar bear population.

Now, you can read the rest of the article here, but there are two points that I would like to underline out of this issue:

1. CITES, congratulations! I guess the failure of this proposal pretty much brings you to just shy of utter meaninglessness. If your purpose is, in fact, to protect endangered species you just failed miserably, all the funding, manpower, work-hours put into your organization seem to have just been wasted away, bent to the power of money.

2. It is clear that these particular politics does not take into consideration the will of the people, since polls pretty much point out that the vast majority of inquirees wishes to ban the trade on polar bear parts as seen on the poll from the article in question (on 18th March 2013, by Care2.com). So we can safely assume, I believe, that once again the whole mechanism of politics is nothing but a farce puppeteered by those in power to give us the illusion of decision, when in fact everything is decided on the level of profit that will ultimately benefit the few that hide behind the curtain.

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It’s hard to decide if you should be pitied for your uncompassionate nature or punished for your endless greed. Time will tell. On the meanwhile, shame on you…

The Meaning of Life

Happiness is a very important ingredient. Given that all human beings are born alone and die alone, it is human nature for each person to have a very personal perspective as to what happiness means. Therefore happiness has an infinite amount of definitions. When a person is born, at their childhood they receive the automatic desire to dream and utilize their imagination. As they get older, people will do their best to destroy those dreams and deny your imagination by suffocating you with what they refer to as reality. If a person with a very open mind believes anything is possible you become a threat to people with narrow minds. The larger your world becomes the smaller and more infantile they appear and this bothers them. Their short perspectives and forgone conclusions limits them as people and they are envious at your ability to maintain hope through a much larger and broad scope. It is this grief that causes them to be insufferably miserable and through constant actions of negativity, they will do whatever they can at all cost to rob you of your limitless freedom. Inside the very core of happiness is a person’s ability to believe that anything is possible and that whatever concepts of belief they have are the correct beliefs despite what anybody else tells them. In short, it is important for every single human being to develop his or her method of beliefs, aspirations or opinions, no matter what they are. If another perspective is shown to you that makes you happier than the one you held on to then change it. If not, then let it go. In a person’s life we are all given a short period of time to exist in this form and this is to be a fact no matter what your beliefs are. So it is imperative that you use that time as much as possible doing anything and everything that makes you happy. Also, if it is by having a narrow perspective that makes you happy, then by all means do so. Just don’t suffocate people with negativity. If you enjoy giving people your negativity, then you are not happy at all. You are in denial. It is this happiness we all seek that gives our life meaning. Therefore I am left to concur that the meaning of life is to find meaning in life. Even if the meaning is the lack of a meaning that is a meaning. Find your meaning in life and you have found the meaning of life.

(Author: The Correct Answer, source here)

Good News Roundup II

A roundup of the most recent good news to spark a smile unto your day.

In this upbeat Care2.com article by Judy Molland, we read about the story of Billy Ray Harris, a homeless man who accidentally got hold of a Sarah Darling’s engagement ring when she emptied her change purse into his begging cup. Good Mr. Harris held to the ring until she came back for it, earning the friendship of Ms. Darling’s husband which, touched by Mr. Harris honesty, started a fund for him which is now on $167.000 dollars. On the same tone, Pat Wesner was walking along the street when a Brinks truck dropped $11.000 dollars on the middle of the street and continued his journey, utterly unaware. Ms. Wesner immediately called 911 and with the help of a state trooper scooped the money to their cars and delivered it safely to Brinks. Concluding the article, in what seems a Hollywood tale, a woman was absentmindedly walking her dog when she spotted another dog carrying the following message attached to his collar: “Help. Send help. No joke, cannot walk. Medicine not working. Need doctor.” Uncertain where to look she delivered the message to the police which then found a homeless man stranded in a remote area. Quoting from Yahoo News:

“Detective Jen Kolb told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News, “He was absolutely immobile. He was in his camp and couldn’t move from his location. He didn’t have a phone to call anybody. No way to reach out to anybody for help, and he was afraid he was going to die.”

Attaching a note to his trusty friend? A last-ditch effort to contact the outside world. And it worked.

The homeless, but not friendless, man was treated and released from the hospital, and has been reunited with Buddy.”

(read other stories and the full article here)

In an article concerning the environment it’s announced that Shell decided to cancel the drilling of the Alaska Arctic for 2013, a major news for the native animals and environment in general. It’s always nice to know that profit doesn’t always beat common sense these days.

“Shell has announced that it will not conduct offshore drilling operations in the Alaska Arctic this year. The announcement is a victory for millions who called, wrote letters and signed petitions pointing out the extreme risk of a major oil spill, and the scientific data that showed neither Shell nor the government was prepared to respond adequately to such a catastrophe.

Despite much controversy and public outcry, in 2011 the Obama administration gave Royal Dutch Shell the green light to begin drilling for oil in the frigid waters of Alaska’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas. Since then, the petroleum giant has faced unending opposition from the scientific and environmental communities.

Although it’s not a permanent decision, it is a step ahead to prevent incidents such as the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Disaster on the Gulf of Mexico. The fact of the issue is that we should’t even be using fossil fuel no more, but that’s a whole other story.

(read the full article here)

On United States politics, a bill was approved on The House of Representatives to pass the Violence Against Women Act, preventing future numberless cases of domestic violence and sexual abuse and hopefully saving lives.

“The Violence Against Women Act originally authorized a National Domestic Violence Hotline and federal funding to assist women’s shelters.

Almost two decades on, the version passed on Thursday goes further to authorize funding for victim assistance programs. It will also aid in the prosecution of people accused of domestic violence and sexual assault. The legislation also, for the first time, has provisions to deal with stalking, including the use of spyware and video surveillance equipment.”

(read the full article here)

On another upbeat article that did spark a smile on me: it was found that bird-watching (including observing, feeding and photographing) is now more popular than hunting. Undoubtedly good news for our flying feathered friends everywhere that apparently, nowadays, have to worry less about food and more about their good side for the cameras.

“According to the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), over 90 million U.S. residents 16-years-old and up participated in some form of recreation related to wildlife. During that year, 33.1 million people fished, 13.7 million hunted and 71.8 million participated in at least one type of wildlife-watching activity including observing, feeding or photographing fish and other wildlife in the United States.”

(read the full article here)

“We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.” – Mother Teresa