Good News Headlines 8/3/2022
by The Associated Press
Pope Francis issued a historic apology Monday for the Catholic Church’s cooperation with Canada’s “catastrophic” policy of Indigenous residential schools, saying the forced assimilation of Native peoples into Christian society destroyed their cultures, severed families and marginalized generations in ways still being felt today. “I am sorry,” Francis said, to applause from school survivors and Indigenous community members gathered at a former residential school south of Edmonton, Alberta, the first event of Francis’ weeklong “penitential pilgrimage” to Canada.
by Haley Cornell, Patch
A bill put in place to help end discrimination based on natural and protective hairstyles in workplaces, schools, and organizations will be signed into law Tuesday. The CROWN Act – which stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural hair will now make discrimination against hair a violation of civil rights. Supporters of the bill say Black women have faced the most amount of pressure by trying to alter their hair to conform to policies biased against their natural hairstyles.
by Robin Eveleigh, Positive News
The 1,000-acre project will encompass a mile-long stretch along the river’s urban cores, framed by bridges and an amphitheatre, plus a three-mile recreation area. A binational bridge will link US and Mexican citizens to a shared community space – subject to checking through customs. San Antonio-based urban architects Overland Partners have been working on designs for the project, which aims to stimulate trade, enhance tourism and improve habitats along the river. Those behind the design hope it will provide a blueprint for other border towns to follow.
by Boyan Slat, The Ocean Cleanup
The Ocean Cleanup has now officially removed more than 100,000 kg of plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP). Since deployment in August 2021, System 002 (or “Jenny”) has now collected 101,353 kg of plastic over 45 extractions, sweeping an area of ocean of over 3000km – comparable to the size of Luxembourg or Rhode Island. Added to the 7,173 kg of plastic captured by the previous prototype systems, The Ocean Cleanup has now collected 108,526 kg of plastic!
by Jacalyn Wetzel, Upworthy
Have you ever watched something that instantly made you sweat? Yeah, that’s the response watching this heart-stopping video of a toddler falling out of a sixth floor window and being caught by a man chatting on his cellphone. The miraculous moment was caught on Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) in China. In the short clip, you can see the man seemingly walking while talking on his cellphone when he notices what’s about to unfold. He quickly runs to the front of the building nearly falling when he attempts to stop and another person runs behind to help him.