August 07, 2020

This week has been such a big one for good news stories, we struggled to keep this short and sweet for you. While never a bad problem to have, this week we’re looking at positive social and environmental change, as well as Italy’s oldest graduate who was awarded first-class honours.


Read on to find out what’s been making us smile this week.


Demand for renewable energy sources surges


This week it was announced that the world’s largest coal mine saw its value slashed by £1.4 billion, following a surge in demand for renewables and clean energy. The world’s largest coal mine, which accounts for 12 per cent of the US’s entire coal production, reported the loss despite reporting a profit in the same period last year. Over the past six months, the number of coal-fired power plants around the world fell for the first time on record, as the decommissioning of coal plants has ramped up, with Europe leading the charge!


The 20 Remarkable Activists On Vogue’s September Cover Are Ready To Change The World


Hats off to Vogue for this one - Marcus Rashford, the Manchester United striker is on the latest cover for the magazine’s “Activism” issue. This has come after he prompted a government U-turn following his open letter on the granting of free food vouchers for the poorest British families over the summer. Rashford also poses on the cover alongside model and mental health campaigner Adwoa Aboah as photographed by Misan Harriman, who is the first black male photographer to shoot any cover of British Vogue in the publication’s 104-year history.


Eat Out to Help Out launches with over 72,000 restaurants signed up


A great initiative by Rishi Sunak that started this Monday to influence more diners at restaurants, bars and cafes with a 50% off saving (up to a maximum of £10 per person from Monday – Wednesday). We hope this benefits the industry and we will certainly be using it ourselves as much as we can throughout August!


Waitrose and Partners ‘Art with heart’ raises money for Trussel Trust


In Waitrose’s July edition of its Food Magazine they ran a competition called ‘Art with heart’ which has raised more than £12,500 for Trussel Trust – a charity which supports food banks across the UK. These times have been the most critical for many, and it’s great to see there is still a lot of support going on across the country.


Italy’s oldest graduate tops class at age 96


Giuseppe Paternò has graduated from the University of Palermo with first-class honours in philosophy, aged 96. Having first set his sights on a university education as a child, poverty, war and supporting a family got in the way. Our favourite advice from Giuseppe, “achieving your goals and reaching for your dreams is important, no matter your age”. What an inspiration!