London Conservation Summit shares positive stories to combat negativity

Trying to combat huge challenges facing our planet is a big ask, so the conservation summit in London have shared the stories of conservation success. The Conservation Optimist Summit was born in response to the fact that in 40 years, over the half of the world's wildlife has disappeared.  The University of Oxford's Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation …

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Say Hello to Girl Scout Troop 6000, the first girl scout troop for homeless kids

The confident female youngsters who make up Girl Scout Troop 6000 may not seem especially out of the ordinary, but there’s more to the members than meets the eye. All 22 young members of the troop are residents of the Sleep Inn, a 10-story homeless shelter in Queens, New York City, making Troop 6000 the first girl scout …

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The Living River

A river in New Zealand has become the first ever river to receive the same rights as a human being. After 140 years of negotiation, New Zealand's parliament have approved a bill that gives the Whanganui river in New Zealand the same legal rights as humans. Since the 1870s, the Mauri tribe of New Zealand …

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Meet Julia: The Muppet with Autism

Julia will appear on the children’s TV show for the first time in April, to raise awareness and celebrate differences of those who are diagnosed with autism. Sesame Street is adding a new character to its ranks – a muppet called Julia, who has autism. Julia, a four-year-old with bright orange hair, a pink dress …

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Cheerios Giving Out Thousands of Free Seeds to Help Save the Bees

Bees are amazing insects, not only providing us with honey and beeswax but also providing a vital ecosystem service through pollination.  So what's the story on bees? There are about 20,000 known species of bee in the world today. Many more likely await discovery, yet the current global figure equates to the roughly the combined …

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Gangubai’s story of illiteracy

Gangubai lives alone. Her husband died many years ago. However, for the past year, Gangubai has been picking up chocolate wrappers and discarded news paper she finds in her village. At home, she pores over her pile of scraps, trying to read the words written on them. Whenever they prove too difficult, she goes to a …

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Teaching gender equality in India

A creative education is challenging gender stereotypes in India, from picking apart pop songs to girls walking down the street. Could starting at a younger age break down some of the ingrained attitudes in society? “I became so frustrated with the normalisation of gender injustice,” says Gulika Reddy, a 27-year-old human rights lawyer. Pacing the …

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