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Mind Body and Spirit

Steven Campbell
Some good news!
January 3, 2020

At the beginning of a New Year, I usually give advice.

But as we look back at the challenging decade we have just completed, ALL of us could use some good news more than advice. 

So here is some good news that can be encouraging.

When Theresa Kachindamato, a Malawi female chief came to power, she annulled over 1500 child marriages, made it illegal and sent young girls back to school.

Seven eggs from the world’s last two remaining Northern White Rhinos have been successfully fertilized and they may save the species.

Nemonte Nenquimo and other representatives of the Waorani people, and Amazon Tribe, won a legal battles against oil companies drilling in their region. This will protect 1 half a million acres.

Norway decided NOT to drill for oil (worth an estimated $53 billion), in the Logeten Islands, to protect its ecosystem. 

Blood donors in Sweden get a text message whenever their blood saves a life.

Sea Turtles are making a comeback, with their populations increasing by 98 percent thanks to the Endangered Species Act.

A Thailand supermarket says no to plastic packaging and wraps their produce in banana leaves.

Rice farmers are using ducks around the world instead of pesticides. Ducks feel on insects and weeds without harming the plants.

South Korea is organizing daytime disco parties for people over 65 to deal with loneliness and dementia.

 Iceland becomes the first country to legally enforce equal pay for men and women.

A robot called Larvalbot is delivering coral babies to the Great Barrier Reef to help restore coral reefs to what they were.

A village in India celebrates their daughters by planting 111 trees every time a girl is born. So far they have planted more than 350,000 trees.

Scientists have found an edible mushroom that eats plastic and it could clean our landfills. 

A record-breaking 4,855 people waited for hour in the rain to take a cell-stem test to help save a 5-year old boy fighting a rare cancer. 

Humpback whales have come back from the brink of extinction. Thanks to conservation efforts, they’ve gone from a few hundred to more than 25,000.

Villages knit giants sweaters for elephants to protect them from freezing temperatures.

The UK has reduced its carbon emissions for the sixth year in a row. The last time they were this low was 1888.

A new study finds that dog’s sense of smell can identify cancer with incredible accuracy. (We have a dear friend whose dog tells her when she needs to take insulin, BEFORE it would show up on a test.)

For the first time, mathematics’ more prestigious award has been awarded to a woman, Karen Uhlenbeck.

The global suicide rate has dropped by 38 percent from its peak in 1994, saving over 5 million lives.

Columbian women with visual impairments trained to detect breast cancer are outperforming doctors.

A NASA satellite study finds that the world is literally a greener place than it was 20 years ago.

In a breakthrough study that could save thousands of lives, scientists convert all blood types to the universal type O that is safe for all patients to receive.

The Netherlands have built five artificial islands to preserve wildlife. In the first two years, 30,000 birds and 127 kinds of plants have been reintroduced.

A scientist in New Mexico has created a fake plastic that biodegrades in a month and is safe to ingest.

South Korea once recycled two percent of its waste products. Now it recycles 95 percent thanks to smart bins and special biodegradable bags.

Renewable energy sources now account for around a third of all global capacity!

 

Wow!

 

Steven Campbell is the author of “Making Your Mind Magnificent.” His seminar “Taming Your Mind, Unleashing Your Life” is now available online at stevenrcampbell.teachable.com.  For more information, call Steven Campbell at 707-480-5507.