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Brenda Burdon, A Grandma From Newcastle Search To Reward 3 Children

Brenda Burdon lives in Denton in Newcastle. She had to tell 3 small children who visited her house on All Hallows Eve that, sadly, she didn’t have any candy to give them.
The 86 year old is now searching to try to find the 3 children called Jessie, Olivia, and Walter, as her family wish to reward the 3 children for their kindness to their Grandmother.
When faced with the news that Brenda didn’t have any candy, the children replied that “it was ok, because sometimes making people happy and getting a nice big smile is reward enough.”
The children then went to a shop and bought her a selection of sweet treats, and a card, which all three signed. They came back and posted it through her door, even enclosing a £10 note in the card.
Danny Parker, Brenda’s Grandson is appealing for anyone who knows the children to ask them to return. Brenda wishes to give them gifts to show her appreciation of their kindness. Danny said “I spent a few hours with her that afternoon and she was just lost in happiness, that total strangers could leave such a wonderful impression. She is 86, and this is the best Halloween of her life. The only sad part to the happy Halloween story is [the children] never came back a third time for the gifts she’d got for them, which are still set aside by her front door. The £10 is also waiting as she wants to give it back to them, so they can spend it on themselves.”

Heroic Australian Koolie Dog Saves Over 100 Koala

A six year old Australian koolie dog called Bear was this week awarded a gold medal for his heroic bravery when facing flames. He rescued over 100 koala bears in the Blacksummer bush fires of Australia between September 2019 and March 2020. He wore special boots to protect his paws from being burned by the intense heat, while searching for the koala.
The Australian bush fires heavily impacted wildlife and vegetation. The fires were worst around the state of New South Wales.
Drought, fires & floods are currently the most urgent symptoms of Australia’s climate crisis, and will continue to devastate the livelihoods of farmers, causing millions of dollars worth of damage, unless we adhere to the climate pledges of COP26 being made this week.
During those fires many animals were badly burned, injured or killed by the intensity of the fires. Over 60,000 Koalas living in the wild were affected. However, many were saved thanks to the kindness of volunteers, firefighters, and one dog in particular called Bear.
He’s the only dog in Australia trained to sniff out the fur and faeces scent of koala to save their lives.
Bear’s amazing work has now been rewarded. He received the ‘Special Recognition Award’ given by the International Fund for Animal Welfare in the UK.

Earth Shot - Prince William Announced The 5 Winners Of The Annual Earth Shot Prizes Last Week.

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Costa Rica: winner, protect and restore nature category

Costa Rica has reversed decades of deforestation by paying people to protect ecosystems and involving indigenous communities in ecosystem restoration projects.

Since the programme started in 1997, the country’s forests have doubled in size, leading to a boom in ecotourism and contributing $4bn (£2.91bn) to the economy, an achievement that has been rewarded at the Earthshot Prize.

The government of Costa Rica said it will use the prize money to expand its work to protect oceans, and also help other countries replicate the model.

Takachar: winner, clean our air category

New Delhi-based Takachar has developed a technology that could end the practice of burning agricultural waste, which causes severe air pollution in India.

The company’s cheap, small-scale, portable technology attaches to tractors in remote farms and converts crop residues into saleable products like fuel and fertiliser.

Takachar said it will use the prize money to get the technology to more rural communities around the world.

Coral Vita: winner, revive our oceans category

Coral Vita is a Bahamas-based conservation organisation that cultivates coral on land and replants it in the ocean. Its technique is reportedly 50 times faster than traditional methods and is believed to help reefs become more resilient to climate change.

As well as restoring reefs, Coral Vita works with local communities, public bodies and private companies to improve education and create new jobs in the environmental sector.

Coral Vita wants to establish a global network of coral farms, and said the Earthshot Prize money would help it kickstart that ambition.

Milan: winner, waste-free world category

An initiative that has dramatically cut food waste while tackling hunger saw Milan win the waste-free world category.

Launched in 2019, with the aim of halving waste by 2030, Milan’s Food Waste Hubs programme recovers food from supermarkets and restaurants, and works with local NGOs to distribute it to citizens in need. Milan is the first major city to enforce a city-wide food waste policy, encompassing public agencies, food banks, charities, NGOs, universities and private businesses.

Each Food Waste Hub recovers about 130 tonnes of food per year or 350kg per day — equivalent to around 260,000 meals. Milan officials said the money would go towards helping other cities replicate its approach.

AEM Electrolyser: winner, fix our climate category

The AEM Electrolyser turns renewable electricity from wind and solar farms into emission-free hydrogen, which can be used to power factories and other high-energy buildings.

Judges at the Earthshot Prize said the technology had the potential to transform how we power homes and business.

The firm behind the electrolyser, Enapter, said the prize money would help the technology enter mass production. The company aims to account for 10 per cent of the world’s hydrogen generation by 2050.

Bling Buyers - Agrees With The Quest To Make Jewellery More Sustainable

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Repurposing waste into wearable gems

Independent makers are going against the grain and embracing repurposing. Instead of mining the Earth, London-based jeweller Lylie’s sources its precious metals from the 155,000-tonne mountain of electricals that are discarded every year in the UK. The pile is enough to make around 850,000 gold rings, according to the Recycle Your Electricals campaign.

Lylie’s founder Eliza Walter says that planned obsolescence is a particular bugbear of hers: “It makes me despair that products are still being designed to break. It’s not just the financial cost of something, but the environmental cost.”

The practice of using recycled metals is becoming more mainstream. Global player ‘Pandora’ used only recycled gold in 2020, planning to do the same with silver by 2025. London firm YagoEco is melting down single-use carrier bags giving them second lease of life, transforming them into colourful earrings, necklaces and cufflinks. Since February 2019, the company has saved 1,500 bags from ending up in landfill.

Australian company Dinosaur Designs makes pieces using resin developed from oil industry byproducts. In Denmark, AYM crafts items from salvaged ocean plastics by hand. Additionally a whole host of UK-based makers, including Sadie JewelleryThe Strandline and Fresh West Silver, swap precious stones for sea glass that has been handpicked from local beaches.

Making diamonds from thin air

You would be forgiven for thinking that ‘Sky Diamond’ is the title of the next James Bond film, and the idea of extracting diamonds from thin air, the work of a cat-stroking villain in a slick swivel chair.

But instead, it’s the latest venture from Ecotricity’s founder and environmental campaigner Dale Vince. It’s a project which removes carbon from the atmosphere, locking it away in diamond form. “It goes far beyond carbon neutral. Making the diamonds actually means there’s less carbon in the atmosphere,” Mr Vince says. “The amount of carbon sequestered is not much – about 1g per carat,” he admits, “but when you take into account the avoided impact of the high emissions that mining creates, it makes a big difference.”

The diamonds are grown in a lab – an increasingly popular practice as consumers look to avoid the myriad environmental and human rights abuses associated with conventional mining. The exact method is a secret, however the sequestered CO2 is liquefied and combined with hydrogen made from chemically split rainwater, which is then pressurised and heated to around 8,000ºC using 100% renewable energy.

Currently, a facility in Stroud, Gloucestershire, is capable of producing 200 carats a month (enough for around 330 average-sized engagement rings). Later in 2021 production is set to increase five-fold, at which point they will go on sale in the UK.

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Down’s syndrome – so what!

In the town of Arras, northern France, the country’s first ever appointed official with Down syndrome is leading from the front, changing hearts and minds, bringing a new perspective on mental disability.
In 2020, Éléonore Laloux was appointed municipal councillor of Arras under the mayor Frédéric Leturque, for which she has received continual praise for her colourful nature, insatiable desire to make people smile, and for promoting the inclusivity of disabled people in society.
On October 15th 2021, Ms. Laloux was awarded membership of the National Order of Merit, the second highest civilian honor roll in the country.
“Inclusion isn’t something that we just think about; it’s not a generous act. It’s our duty,” Mayor Leturque told the Christian Science Monitor. “Eléonore has helped the entire town progress in terms of how we see disability.”
Eléonore holds down a part-time job at a hospital, has a packed volunteer schedule, and has a board position on ‘Down Up’ (a nonprofit organisation her father launched to support community members with Down syndrome and their families). She’s made numerous adjustments to everyday community features in Arras to make them accessible. Not exclusively for those with Down syndrome, but for other disabilities as well.
Arras’ famous town center, town hall, and belfry are a UNESCO Heritage Site. For those who can’t ascend to the top, Laloux organised and commissioned the creation of a virtual tour.
Down below, crosswalk lights now sound off verbal instructions for those who can’t hear or see. She has also scheduled an “incluthon” for next summer, an event to inspire disabled people and the community at large through sports and culture.
“I’m a very committed and dynamic person, and I like to be out working with people,” said Ms. Laloux, who in 2014 wrote a book which roughly translates to Down Syndrome, So What?!
Perhaps unsurprisingly, this upbeat attitude has made her a very popular figure in town and country, and she has made numerous television and other public appearances, including alongside many national politicians and cabinet members. Her appointment is by no means a gimmick to gain support from sensitive constituents. She has made brilliant changes in civil life.
One such accomplishment is opening Arras to a Dutch method of civil society called “the Nudge” a sort of “c’mon then,” to the community, to get them to treat it better. Nothing could better represent this than putting small imitation basketball hoops over public trash bins.
She’s continued her activism on behalf of those with Down syndrome, with her “Friends of Eléonore,” foundation.
Tennis 🎾 ball seats for Autistic kids
An elementary school teacher went above and beyond the call of duty for her students with sensory issues, by using paint, a hot glue gun, and a few tennis balls.
Amy Maplethorpe, a first grade speech-language pathologist at Raymond Ellis Elementary School in Round Lake, Illinois, created special textured chairs for her students with autism, sensory processing disorder or Down syndrome. She reportedly got the idea when she came across a similar project on Pinterest.
“Sensory seating is used for students who may have difficulty processing information from their senses and from the world around them,” wrote the school on Facebook. “Tennis balls on the seat and backrest provide an alternative texture to improve sensory regulation.”
Maplethorpe says that the chairs will assist 15 to 20 students in the school. Children have reportedly already shown improvement since they started using the special seats during class.
If you’d like to make to make your own tennis ball chair, there are instructions written out in a Facebook post located here.
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