Starting the week with an uplifting bundle of good news nuggets.
With Governor Mike Parson's signature, 31 August will officially be known as "Random Acts of Kindness Day" in Missouri. On this day, Missourians are encouraged to remember that one small act of kindness has the power to change the course of a person's life and the potential to impact countless lives as random acts of kindness are paid forward. It will also be a day to encourage Missourians to go out and do something nice for a stranger or someone already in their life.
This is the heartwarming moment villagers showed great teamwork to retrieve a crashed pickup truck from a steep hill. The vehicle was traveling along the slope when the driver lost control and skidded off the dirt road in Chiang Mai province in northern Thailand. More than fifty locals volunteered to pull the old vehicle that was stuck on the edge of a cabbage field terrace. They helped the driver out of the truck before trying thick ropes around the truck to pull it. After almost an hour, the vehicle was successfully towed back to the road.
Following our article last week on how fast fashion is being replaced by an explosion in pre-loved clothing sales, the good news extends further, as the fashion industry is being democratised by a new wave of 'makers' who are upcycling old clothes. This is definitely true in the UK. Young entrepreneurs like Flora Kilpatrick have set up labels like Cosette (Insta @cosette_kp) to sell garments through apps like depop and upgarm, whilst the growing number of seamstresses at Hannah Stacpoole’s Saluto London ‘improve’ items of vintage clothing and womenswear. Fast fashion is definitely slowing down as this new generation 'make to order' or 'make to drop'.
Singapore's floating solar farm on the Tengeh Reservoir has officially been opened and is now one of the world’s largest operational inland floating solar PV systems. It's composed of 122,000 solar panels spanning 45 hectares, which is roughly equivalent to the size of 45 football fields. The solar farm was deployed as part of Singapore's goal to quadruple solar energy capabilities by 2025, in a bid to help the country do its part to tackle the global climate crisis. As the island state, which is less than half the size of London, does not have the necessary land resources for large solar farms, it has looked instead to its waterways.
Raise a glass Debra Davis: For 26 years she has been working hard, serving meals to students at Hoover High School in San Diego and after work, she has been driving around, delivering her home cooked meals out of pocket, in her 1976 Chevy Malibu. Inspired by her selflessness, dedication, and her 26 years of hard work, the school district decided to reward her and surprised Debra with a new car.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Budget Committee Democrats have reached a deal on a $3.5 trillion price tag for a Democrats-only infrastructure package. The deal gives the go-ahead for reconciliation, the process Democrats will use to bypass a GOP filibuster on the infrastructure bill. "Every major program that President Biden has asked us for is funded in a robust way," Schumer said.
Part of Britain's electricity grid is now balancing supply and demand with the help of a giant battery in Wiltshire. David Wells of Shell Energy Europe said: “Flexible storage and supply systems such as this have an essential role in balancing supply and demand. We fully support the UK’s target of achieving a net-zero emissions society by 2050. Projects like this will enable that transition.”
Great news for hundreds of households in New Mexico and Arizona: they recently had their medical debts eliminated, thanks to St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Santa Fe. The church worked through a nonprofit organization called RIP Medical Debt that buys up medical debt and then uses donations to pay it off. In this case, they eliminated $1.4m in household medical debts.
Dive in Deeper
Final adventure: Monty loved walking in the Welsh hills with his owner so, when the dog's leukaemia sadly returned, Carlos took him for one last expedition on his favourite walk. [1 min] Fond farewell...
Nothing's Better Than a Good Laugh
Even if you've seen this wonderful Pixar animation before, it's still guaranteed to give you a good Monday chuckle. Enjoy!