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13 Good News Stories for 2011: Day 3

13 Good News Stories for 2011: Day 3
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In the last days of 2011, I’ve singled out some stories that inspired a sense of hope in me, three on Day 1 and three on Day 2.

It was hard to choose only a handful of stories so I settled on one from each of the Care2 Causes topics. Today’s stories come from Global Warming, Health Policy and Human Rights.

Global Warming

Occupy Wall Street Builds Bike-Powered Generators [Video]

While mainstream media mused and muddled about Occupy Wall Street, some resourceful Occupiers showed a youthful resourcefulness. When the City of New York confiscated their generators, the protestors decided it was time to focus on sustainability. Burning fossil fuels to power the movement was not sustainable.

A sustainability committee did an assessment and discovered they needed eleven bikes to power everything needed to keep the protester community running. Time’s Up!, in conjunction with OWS Sustainable Working Group, started building energy-generating bikes. They turned a negative situation into a positive attempt to move to a greener model.

What happened afterward, in Liberty Square and elsewhere, does not take away from this moment, when the old adage was proven right: necessity is the mother of invention. We are going to need a lot of invention, sustainability thinking and youthful energy to reverse some of the damage we have done to the planet and to each other.

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Photo 1 from kaputniq via Flickr Creative Commons; Photo 2 from Wikimedia Commons; Photo 3 from the World Economic Forum via Flickr Creative Commons

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11:19AM PST on Jan 4, 2012

Ciekawy rok,i artykuł dobry,i niestety prawdziwy,a prawda boli i jest "boleśnie-niewygodna!".Jednak my na forum potrafimy i wiemy ,co jest dobre,i prawdziwe!!!TO my,to fakt!!!

2:33PM PST on Jan 3, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

1:14AM PST on Jan 3, 2012

Great article

3:31PM PST on Jan 2, 2012

thanks

2:40PM PST on Jan 2, 2012

So cool!

1:22AM PST on Jan 2, 2012

Thanks for the article.

8:50AM PST on Jan 1, 2012

I love that they used the bikes to power everything!

3:39AM PST on Jan 1, 2012

Great news...happy new year everyone!

4:43PM PST on Dec 31, 2011

Great news...happy new year everyone!

3:11PM PST on Dec 31, 2011

Moving forward

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