We are consistently surprised by the severity of the news we’re presented with day-to-day. Staying informed on the current updates surrounding Covid-19 is an important aspect of our daily lives that is imperative to keeping us up-to-date and knowledgeable. While acknowledging this, however, we implore you to consider not only the stories of gloomier subjects which occupy much of our feeds and timelines, but to look for the good that shines through it all. As a species, humans are adept at finding the silver lining, we are drawn to hope and kindness, and we encourage you to lean into these feelings. We’re better for ourselves when we’re better to each other. 

In order to spread these stories of hope and compassion, we’re back with another roundup of our favourite good news headlines from the past few weeks – we hope you enjoy.

 

 

  • Nike donated tens of thousands of shoes they designed exclusively for healthcare workers – the athletic wear company has designed a shoe meant to support healthcare frontline workers on their 12-hour shifts. Nike has donated 30,000 pairs to hospitals across the United States and plans on donating 100,000 more to frontline workers.

 

  • Global greenhouse gas emissions estimated to fall by 8% in 2020 – this will be the largest recorded drop in history! Lockdown measures are encouraging people to use less energy and has increased the need for sustainable energy sources, such as solar and hydropower.

 

  • 15-year-old Chief Water Commissioner Autumn Peltier speaks on behalf of the Anishinabek Nation on the importance of water – Peltier and the Anishinabek Nation celebrated Great Lakes Day in late April – Peltier has been a champion for the conservation and protection of these great lakes water systems which play a vital role in the lives of Indigenous peoples in Canada and the United States alike.

 

  • The Ontario SPCA and Human Society are offering AnimalSmart – a free online educational series that meets curriculum requirements for grades 1-3 – offering parents another avenue to teach their children and make time for themselves in their day.

 

  • Metro is donating $1 million to support community relief efforts – split evenly between Feed Ontario, Food Banks of Québec, and the United Way.

 

  • Beaches in Thailand and Florida are seeing a huge increase in Leatherback sea turtle nests – with the travel restrictions put in place, these warm-weather destinations are seeing the wildlife return.

 

  • Both Sweden and Austria celebrated the closing of their last coal plants – closing within a week of each other, this move has large implications for the future of sustainable energy.

 

  • An anonymous donor gave $1 million to a California hospital to be split amongst the frontline workers – saying “Thank you for standing up (and staying up!) to care for our community. This human kindness is what makes you heroic.”

 

  • Air Canada and the Air Canada Foundation are working with Canadian food rescue organization Second Harvest to redistribute fresh food items from their in-flight kitchens to combat the growing food scarcity presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

  • The YMCA of Greater Toronto is offering free interactive online health and fitness classes – recognizing the importance of staying active, the YMCA has kept its door open to the public through their online classroom, which is free to access, and offers mindfulness classes such as yoga and meditation.

 

We have found ourselves so humbled by the circumstances presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s so easy to feel untethered from the society we had all become so accustomed to. We want to remind you that compassion has not been cancelled – we see it everywhere around us and it inspires us to push towards a better future.

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