OGN Thursday

Updated: Jun 22, 2020

Collection of good news snippets to kick start your day.


  • Thailand: A critically endangered turtle emerged from the sea to lay at least 80 eggs on a beach on the island of Koh Samui, just minutes before the start of World Environment Day. Yet another sign of how wildlife is making the most of the human lockdown.

  • New Jersey: Now mandates climate change education in schools.

  • The Law of Unintended Consequences: A teen who spent 10 hours cleaning up after a protest is rewarded with a car and a college scholarship.

  • Connecticut: 10 year old Chelsea Phaire has sent more than 1,500 children in homeless shelters and foster care homes art kits to give them something uplifting to do when they’re feeling down.

  • New Zealand: Another beautiful day as kiwis handshake and hug their way back to normality.

  • Tonga: Australian photographer wins prestigious Hipa prize (worth $172,000) for photo of whale with her calf, pictured off the coast of Tonga.

  • Brazil: Supreme court judge orders Jair Bolsonaro’s administration to resume publishing complete Covid-19 statistics after moves to suppress such information prompted accusations of authoritarian skulduggery designed to cover up the crisis.

  • Wyoming: 'She still lives!' Famous Yellowstone grizzly bear emerges from winter - with cubs.

  • Dalai Lama to release album of mantras and teachings set to music on 6 July. If you can't wait till then, a track called Compassion has been released in advance - it's a version of one of the most famous Buddhist prayers.

  • Great Britain, which introduced coal-powered electricity to the world in the 1880s, has run its electricity network without using any coal power since midnight on 9 April - the longest consecutive number of days since the 1880s.

  • Google Maps unveils new updates to help you travel safely post-lockdown.

  • Basketball legend Michael Jordan, and his Jordan Brand, announce a $100 million donation to organizations dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice, and greater access to education.

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