Feel Good Friday - Sharing positive Earth news...

  • 3 September 2021
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Feel Good Friday - Sharing positive Earth news...
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Our new weekly-updated happy place :grinning:


It’s sometimes hard to feel positive when thinking about the climate crisis - things are really heating up and it can feel like there’s a lot to be worried about with little chance to celebrate the progress we’re making or focus on the light at the end of the tunnel.


So introducing a small little corner of our OVO online community reserved for some feel-good Friday sharing! A place to gee everyone’s spirits and share some good-news motivation.


We’ll get the ball rolling and pop back every week, but as always we welcome your valuable contributions - Seen something you’d like to share?  Chip in!


Feel free to meander off-topic here and think locally as well as globally.


To kick things off I’m going to share the great news that dancing is about to get even better for the soul with a Glasgow nightclub using the body heat of their ravers to power the music - perfectly timed for COP26.


Dancing not your thing? - How about checking out the Comedy wildlife photography awards finalists - if anything’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face and remind you why it’s all worth it, it’s a photo of a chuckling seal pup.


Happy Friday everyone! :relaxed:

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Love this!


Let’s be on the look out this weekend and next week for those news stories that make us smile inside and lift us up!


On the look out for positive earth news



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Amazon on the Amazon: Tech giant to help Brazilian farmers restore 20,000 hectares of rainforest - article by BusinessGreen here


OVO Newswire’s Instagram wrote:


Brazilian farmers in the Amazon region to restore around 20,000 hectares of rainforest over the next three years, as part of a new nature-based #climate solutions initiative it estimates could remove up to 10 million metric tonnes of #CO2 from the atmosphere by 2050 🌳.⁠

Launched today in partnership with US non-profit The Nature Conservancy and the World Agroforestry Centre, the initiative aims to support around 3,000 smallholding farmers in the Brazilian Amazonian state of Pará to help restore degraded cattle pastures back into native forest.⁠

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Happy Friday!


It’s that time again - let’s drop a little positivity in time for the weekend:


Heard about the tool-using parrot, Bruce? Great name, incredible (and undocumented previously)  skills. After losing part of his beak, Bruce uses pebbles to keep himself looking fly - go Bruce! :bird:


In need of an uplifting climate change documentary - Kiss The Ground explains the carbon-capturing potential of humble soil.


Have a lovely weekend to all you Plan Zero Heroes - @Transparent, @Blastoise186, @nealmurphy, @Jeffus, @Jequinlan, @EverythingNeedsAUserName, @hydrosam, @juliamc. @Simon1D, @PeterR1947 


I’m off to celebrate being free after 10 days self-isolating!



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@Jess_OVO Enjoy your weekend!

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10-days isolation @Jess_OVO  ?

Is that a souvenir you brought back from Cornwall? :cry:

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10-days isolation @Jess_OVO  ?

Is that a souvenir you brought back from Cornwall? :cry:


My housemate picked it up from his bar job the week before I was due to get double jabbed - talk about timing!


Made the most of my weekend of freedom with a lush long bike ride :bike: and a bit of bouldering :muscle:


Did you have a lush sunny weekend, @Transparent?

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Always lush in West Devon, @Jess_OVO 

This is dairy country :slight_smile:

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Well, I missed the chance on Friday but then again… I break every rule every day anyway! XD

This playlist came out on Friday and it’s absolutely epic.

It’s from one of my favourite artists and I’ve deliberately picked it out via YouTube Music rather than regular YouTube because it basically hides all the comments and other distractions. :)

Then again, there’s also this really good one too!

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Thanks @Blastoise186 - well it started OK, and then just faded. :wink:

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LOL! I knew that joke was coming...

Don’t play those games with me though mate. Not unless you want me to send you to the end of time...

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I know it’s not Friday but I missed my chance last week, and I want to share some interesting news I heard yesterday:


Siemens Gamesa pioneers wind circularity: launch of world’s first recyclable wind turbine blade for commercial use offshore - article here


Here’s what OVO Newswire Instagram have to say:



Siemens Gamesa says it has developed the first offshore wind turbine blades that can be fully recycled, potentially saving hundreds of thousands of the bulky objects from landfill and resolving an issue long highlighted by the industry’s critics

Siemens Gamesa estimates that the recyclable blades, if taken up by offshore wind developers, could save as many as 200,000 from ending up in landfill sites as large volumes of wind capacity are expected to be deployed globally to cut emissions by 2050.⁠

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Working from home can be lonely, but it's a good time to take a look around and put life into perspective. Expert advice varies, but here's a round-up of some of the best:


If it's fine weather, get outside and breathe fresh air into your home-office, they said.

Listen to the sounds of nature all around you, they said.

Raise your head, look around and see what wonders of nature there are to behold.

Better understand what real life is all about, they said.

So I raised my head, looked about me and behold…



Real life is just a load of bullocks.

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A piece of poetry there from @Transparent!


In keeping with the animal theme I’m going to share the life-story of Rodrigo Medellin - ‘The Bat-man of Mexico’ whose childhood interest in bats has inspired his amazing dedication to protecting these wonderful creatures and educating others about the vital role they play in our eco-system.


My ecologist friend would approve - He loves sharing stories of saving bats roosting in attics and potential development sites.


Anyone else had any inspiring run-ins with nature recently? @SianiAnni , @Jeffus , @Mw2870 ? :bat::ant::duck::deer:

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It’s not Friday, but I wasn’t able to get online last Friday so let me off please. 


I was out on the Brecon Beacons, hiking and camping. I was carrying everything with me, so that meant food had to be carefully chosen for high calorific content vs weight. It was a heavy bag, no room for cooking equipment. 


Fortunately, it’s the season for all sorts of berries. I feasted on blackberries every morning and evening, giving me a boost of energy and vitamins to fuel my exertions. 


Look at these:



What a wonderful way for nature to reward the carriers of its seeds. These thorny plants might be mistaken for being a bit nasty and malicious. Well think again, these are delicious and nutritious. Thank you nature for being so wonderful! 


@Transparent is known for making huge batches of jam every Autumn. What have you got on the go at the moment?