the weekly #goodnewssiren round-up #28

October 09, 2020

From small, heart-warming gestures, to the biggest environmental prize in history and an array of important awareness days, this week has been filled with plenty of good news.


If rainbow bagels weren’t enough to make you smile this week, read on for this week’s #GoodNewsSiren stories:


Prince William and David Attenborough launch the biggest environmental prize in history 


The Earthshot prize is calling for people to get innovative and share their ideas to help save the planet, in an effort to help repair the planet over the next 10 years. Five £1m prizes will be awarded to the best idea each year, over the next ten years. Encouraging a decade of action, inspiring people all over the world to work together to save our planet.


Café creates ‘pay with a post-it’ system to help people who are struggling with the economic effects of Covid


A small, Australian café introduced a heart-warming system allowing paying customers to buy two coffees and give the second one to someone who is ‘doing it tough’. The paying customers can write a personalised message on a post-it note, sticking it to the café’s noticeboard, those struggling simply pick up a post-it and take it to the counter to claim their gifted coffee. Faith in humanity restored!


Made by Dyslexia sets its sights on teacher training


On #DyslexiaAwareness Day, Made by Dyslexia announced its new course, providing essential insights for teachers to assist with supporting students that may be struggling. With essential knowledge on how to recognise the signs and support dyslexic students, Made by Dyslexia aims to educate and train every teacher across the country. The free two-hour training course will hep to completely transform outcomes in the classroom and at home.


We’re passionate about supporting Made by Dyslexia, back in 2018 we even helped to support the first Global Dyslexia Summit through our partners at Innovision, the summit supported the change in how dyslexia is understood within the community.


Teachers and parents encouraged to take learning outdoors


With school children gradually getting back into the rhythm, one environmental charity, Trees for Cities, is urging schools to take children’s learning outdoors. Even more amazing, all resources are tied in with the national curriculum – meaning children will be involved in the planting and harvesting of vegetables, and engaging in exercises in nature. With increasing evidence that children who spend more time outdoors have better health and social functioning, it is vital that younger generation’s understand the environment and develop a greater appreciation for it from a young age.


GPS technology used to save endangered baby sea turtles


By placing GPS tracking inside decoy eggs, scientists have been able to track people smuggling and trading baby turtle eggs. With six out of seven species of sea turtles around the world considered endangered or threatened, these technological advances will help to save the endangered species and punish illegal traffickers. Technology coming through with yet another win for our environment!