This week Awesome Stories brings you ocean farming, Arkansas surprises, giving freely, Eco-Schools and cultivating compassion.
Arkansas seems to have a bad rap for being ugly, poor, uninteresting and more. I know some of my friends and family living in other places tend to look down on Arkansas. Admittedly, we have challenges with poverty, obesity and food insecurity, but we also have many natural charms and a decent quality of life. Many people have never visited Arkansas and assume the worst. In case you need a nudge, here are 16 Reasons Why You Should Never Visit Arkansas! This reminds me why I need to get out exploring more!
This is a great article on the power of giving. Wayne Mueller explores the life of Roger Montoya, who was a successful dancer who retired early to focus on giving back. Wayne tells a touching story of how Roger’s life of giving has blossomed throughout his community. Roger has given dance lessons and many other gifts to the community, culminating recently in a brand new Montessori school that he started based on the arts and sustainability. I’d love to see all schools put more focus on those two areas. Read this heartwarming tale of how the goodness keeps on growing. I’ve been holding onto my resources from a posture of lack, resulting in more losses, so maybe it’s time to try freely giving.
If you’ve been following my blog a while, you know I’m a fan of the Dali Lama and his tireless work for world peace, compassion and many other altruistic causes. He and author Daniel Goleman have recently released a book called A Force For Good: The Dali Lama’s Vision for Our World. Based on the latest research, they offer a vision and suggestions for creating a better world where we focus more on common good than self-interest. Their ultimate goal is a world of universal care and compassion. To get there, we each need to be more mindful of the ways we can cultivate compassion with awareness and action. With daily practice to widen our circles of caring, we might just create a better world for all.
I love this program! The National Wildlife Federation hosts the Eco-Schools USA program with more than 3300 schools participating around the country. The program encourages students to learn and model environmental responsibility in their schools and community. In other words, to integrate sustainability with education and daily life through various pathways and programs. Teachers are provided training and students can earn awards. Typically, the students create hands-on urban conservation projects like planting pollination-friendly plants or green roofs.Eco-Schools is part of a global program called United Nations Environmental Program that encourages environmental education and development. Kudos!
The oceans are becoming more and more stressed by climate change, overfishing, trash, plastic and development. Here is an idea that might help fish populations and general ocean health. Greenwave is a company pioneering innovative ways to farm the seas with small scale vertical columns. The best part is their process helps rebuild fish and plant populations with no inputs while sequestering CO2 and nitrogen. I also admire Greenwaves’ mission to support communities, jobs, climate mitigation and ocean health with their work.
Do you have an inspiring story you’d like to share? Feel free to leave a comment below or link to an article. I might feature your story in an upcoming Awesome Stories. Thanks!