More and more, as I read these stories from around the world, I am awed the by beauty, diversity, creativity and innovation of people. Let’s keep expanding our possibilities.
A wonderful idea is being tested by Boyan Slat to clean up the oceans. He won several contests for his unique way to clean up the tons of plastic floating around the oceans. His idea is to use a floating boom to collect, sift and process the plastic. If the idea is determined to be feasible, it could lead to a much better way to clean up the oceans.
Practice your gratitude! I’ve written about gratitude many times and remember to practice it most of the time. In case you like facts and studies, here are some reminders from a book. According to Francesca Gino “Receiving expressions of gratitude makes us feel a heightened sense of self-worth, and that in turn triggers other helpful behaviors toward both the person we are helping and other people, too.” Just say thanks!
The hero of Golden Gate. This is a touching story of a man dedicated to helping individuals who often feel hopeless about their lives. Kevin Briggs is a Sargent with the CA Highway Patrol. Through his dedication and compassion, he has helped save hundreds of people who were considering suicide because they had lost hope. Watch his story on KarmaTube.
Schools are turning to solar as a way to save money, help the planet and educate their students. Power purchase agreements (PPAs) offer financing that help the schools reduce the upfront costs to make the installations more accessible and affordable. Net metering allows the schools to earn credits when they produce more electricity than needed like during weekends and summers. In most cases, the installations will pay for themselves with savings on energy bills. Schools buildings are good solar opportuniteis with their large flat roofs access to the sun.
Delft University is working on a whole new way to produce electricity from wind without turbines. Their process is called EWICON (Electrostatic Wind Energy Converter). The video explains the process, but the key advantages are less moving parts and noise while allowing for more simplicity and variety of installations.
Teens will rejoice about this Good News! A recent study confirmed the importance of sleep for children, especially adolescents. The researchers concluded that schools should adjust the schedules for teens, starting school at 10am!, to ensure they receive the suggested 9 hours of sleep per night. And, it’s not just hours of sleep, but quality of sleep, learning to relax, eating well and other good habits that support health, sleep and nutrition which all lead to better brain functioning for optimal learning.