Good News Headlines 8/7/2023
by Brendan Morrow, The Week
As the Hollywood actors strike continues, some of the industry’s biggest names are making their voices heard. SAG-AFTRA, the union that represents thousands of film and television actors, declared a strike starting on July 14 after failing to reach an agreement on a new contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. A recent Variety report questioned why certain A-list stars like Meryl Streep haven’t been spotted on the picket lines, but that’s not to say there haven’t been plenty of recognizable faces supporting the cause.
by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams
The Massachusetts Legislature on Monday approved a budget proposal that requires the state’s public schools to provide all K-12 students with free meals, making permanent a highly successful pandemic-era program. Maura Healey, the state’s Democratic governor, is expected to sign the budget into law, which would make Massachusetts the eighth U.S. state to make universal free school meals permanent—joining California, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, New Mexico, Vermont, and Michigan.
by Meghna Maharishi, The Points Guy
You’ll no longer be able to purchase bottled water at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). That’s because Los Angeles World Airports — the airport authority that oversees LAX and Van Nuys Airport (VNY) — is banning single-use plastic water bottles at the two airports to encourage sustainable travel. Bottled water served on aircraft is exempt from the ban. The ban comes after a two-year phase-out period that the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners approved in June 2021.
by Regeneration International
Regeneration International (RI) is one of the largest and most significant regenerative organizations on the planet, with over 500 partners in over 70 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Australasia, the Pacific, North America, and Europe. We are the people who started the global regeneration movement. Leaders of the organic, agroecology, holistic management, environmental, and natural health movements came together to form Regeneration International as a genuinely inclusive and representative umbrella organization.
by Rebecca Dzombak, Civil Eats
If given the opportunity, a group of bald eagles can clean up a cow carcass in a day. While raptors and farmers in many parts of the world have fraught relationships, many dairy farmers in western Washington state welcome the eagles for the services they provide, according to a new study. Karen Steensma is a dairy farmer and biologist in Whatcom County, just a few miles south of the border between the United States and Canada. Her family’s dairy, with about 200 milking cows, is one of 78 farms that lie in front of the Cascades.