There’s no denying that the world is filled with a great deal of heartbreak, pain, and injustice. But at Good Good Good, it’s our job to respond to bad news by sharing good news stories about those pushing back to make the world a better place.

Fred Rogers once said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

No matter what problems our world is facing — be it climate change, war and conflict, COVID-19, attacks on human rights, or political division — there are always Helpers to be found.

We’ve written this article to compile all of the best good news — stories of people creating solutions to problems, finding creative ways to make a difference, and reasons to feel hopeful — from the year 2022.

We’ll continue to update this piece as more positive news comes in, which we know will happen.

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Good News Worth Celebrating From January

With the turn of the new year, new bipartisan legislation went into effect that protects people from unexpected medical bills.

For years, millions of Americans who experienced a medical emergency could also get a bill from a doctor they did not choose and who did not accept their insurance. The "No Surprises Act" makes those bills illegal. 

Bipartisan legislation passed during the Trump administration and fine-tuned by the Biden administration is a major new consumer protection, and covers nearly all emergency medical services and most routine care. 

“I think this is so pro-consumer, it’s so pro-patient — and its effect will eventually be felt by literally everybody who interacts with a health care system,” said Senator Bill Cassidy, a Republican from Louisiana, who was part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers who wrote the bill. He said he counted the bill as among his top achievements as a lawmaker. 

The new law eliminates the risk that an out-of-network doctor or hospital will send an extra, unexpected bill. Currently, those bills add up to billions in costs for consumers each year.


Conversion therapy was officially banned in Canada

Conversion therapy is now officially banned in all of Canada. The new law went into effect Friday, January 7th, and makes it illegal for anyone to provide or promote services intended to change someone's sexual orientation or gender expression. 

Conversion therapy, as defined by GLAAD, is "any attempt to change a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression." 

The practice has long been discredited, and research has uncovered its extremely harmful impacts. A San Francisco State University study found that “compared with LGBTQ young people who were not rejected or were only a little rejected by their parents and caregivers because of their gay or transgender identity, highly rejected LGBTQ young people were:

  • 8.4x more likely to report having attempted suicide
  • 5.9x more likely report high levels of depression
  • 3.4x more likely to use illegal drugs
  • 3.4x more likely to be at high risk of HIV and STDs”

“The passing of Bill C-4 and the unanimous support it received from every official in Parliament sends a clear message to LGBTQ2 Canadians: you are valid and deserving of a life free from harm,” said Nicholas Schiavo, founder of No Conversion Canada in a joint statement with U.S.-based advocacy group The Trevor Project. 

“Today, as we celebrate this historic moment, we must thank survivors and their tireless advocacy to reach this moment where conversion ‘therapy’ is finally outlawed in our country.”

In 2020, hundreds of religious leaders came together in support of the LGBTQ+ community, to call for a ban on conversion therapy. And in 2022, people in Texas and Florida rallied to support LGBTQ+ youth in response to harmful state policies.

Canada joins more than a dozen other countries that have passed legislation against it, including India, Malta, Ecuador, and Germany.


In honor of what would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday, people joined the #BettyWhiteChallenge, donating to animal shelters and rescues

On what would have been her 100th birthday, people came together to honor the late Betty White — by donating to an animal shelter or rescue in her name.

Called the #BettyWhiteChallenge, the movement calls on animal — and Betty White — lovers to donate $5 (or any amount) to a shelter or rescue before or on her birthday, January 17th — and give White "the movement she deserves."

White, who passed away on December 31st, 2021, was known for her starring roles on The Golden Girls and Mary Tyler Moore Show — and was also celebrated for maintaining a strong sense of humor throughout her life.

She was also a lifelong animal advocate who worked to make a difference in the lives of homeless pets, and advocate for animal rights around the world. She left behind a legacy of good news for animals.

She supported organizations like American Humane and the Best Friends Animal Society, served on the board of trustees at the nonprofit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), and was a volunteer at the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens.


Five of the world’s most powerful nations signed a rare agreement to avoid nuclear war and work toward eliminating nuclear weapons completely

Five of the world's most powerful countries just released a rare pledge to avoid nuclear war — to work towards disarmament and "the ultimate goal of a world without nuclear weapons with undiminished security for all.” 

China, Russia, the UK, the United States, and France released a joint statement, in which they agreed that “no one can win a nuclear war.” 

“We affirm that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought,” the statement said, and went on to say that they'd work to prevent the further spread of the weapons, and toward eliminating them completely from their own countries and the entire world. 

This news feels difficult to celebrate, because we wish we could rid the entire world of nuclear weapons right now (or, like… yesterday). Nevertheless, this is an important step toward peace around the world, and toward a world without nuclear weapons — and without war in general. 

Let this good news inspire your peace-filled work in the future. 


Maya Angelou became the first Black woman to be featured on a U.S. quarter

With the first round of coins shipping around the country, Maya Angelou is now officially the first Black woman to appear on a U.S. quarter dollar coin.

Angelou was a celebrated and decorated writer, performer, and social activist. It's also not her first time making history. At the 1992 inauguration of President Clinton, she became the first African American woman to write and recite a poem — “On the Pulse of Morning” — at a presidential inauguration. 

(She also paved the way for Amanda Gorman’s iconic 2020 inaugural poem, The Hill We Climb.)

In 2011, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama.

The tails side of the quarter features Angelou with her arms uplifted, in front of a bird in flight with rays of sunlight shining behind her. The images were both “inspired by her poetry and symbolic of the way she lived,” the Mint said.

Angelou was perhaps best known for her 1969 memoir, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” which was about her childhood in the Jim Crow South. As reported by the New York Times, it was among the first autobiographies by a 20th-century Black woman to reach a wide general readership.

Angelou is the first of five women who will appear on U.S. quarters this year as a part of the U.S. Mint's "American Women Quarters" program, a 4-year program in which the Mint will issue five quarters a year to honor women in fields including women’s suffrage, civil rights, abolition, government, humanities, science and the arts. 

This year, we'll also see quarters for Sally Ride, the first American woman in space; Wilma Mankiller, a Native American activist; Nina Otero-Warren, a leader in New Mexico’s suffrage movement; and Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American film star in Hollywood.

Related: Read one of our favorite Maya Angelou quotes — and more good news quotes — in this roundup


10 countries created a conservation network that will speed up the protection of marine ecosystems critical to fighting climate change

Ten nations in the western Indian Ocean committed to create a network of marine conservation areas — called the 'Great Blue Wall' initiative — to speed up progress toward the goal of protecting 30% of the oceans by 2030.

Currently, less than 10% of this region is protected, and a recent assessment highlighted the price of failure: all the coral reefs are at high risk of collapse in the next 50 years.

‍The focus of the initiative won’t just be coral reefs, but also mangroves and seagrass meadows, which are a lesser-known underwater ecosystem critical for carbon sequestration and oceanic biodiversity.

“Corals, mangroves, and seagrasses are vital organs of the ocean. Like a human body, if you don’t take care of those organs, the rest of the ocean will not survive,” said Thomas Sberna, a regional head for Eastern and Southern Africa at global conservation authority the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

As Mongabay reports, even as overfishing and warming are already taking a massive toll on marine health, threats from oil and gas extraction are intensifying in this corner of the Indian Ocean.

This is really exciting news in the global fight against climate change — because even as countries around the world announce protections and conservation efforts for lands and oceans, it's not happening fast enough. 

The Great Blue Wall initiative makes us hopeful that more countries will see the urgency, and come together to make climate action happen as swiftly as it's needed.


The COVAX global vaccination program reached the milestone of delivering its 1 billionth COVID-19 vaccine

The United Nations-backed vaccine-sharing program, COVAX officially delivered over 1 billion doses to poorer nations around the world, according to the World Health Organization. The program reached the milestone after a shipment of 1.1 million vaccine doses was delivered to Rwanda on January 15th. 

The COVAX program has delivered vaccines to 144 countries so far, “but the work that has gone into this milestone is only a reminder of the work that remains,” WHO said in a statement

While this is an incredible milestone to celebrate, we need to further prioritize equipping the COVAX program with the vaccines it needs. The WHO reports that 36 of its 194 member countries have vaccinated less than 10% of their population, 88 had vaccinated less than 40%. 

There's some good news to report on that front, too. GAVI, the agency overseeing the COVAX global vaccine distribution program, announced its plans to deliver the next billion in half the time it took to reach the 1-billion-dose milestone.


Once-endangered humpback whales are growing in population globally thanks to conservation efforts

Humpback whales were almost entirely wiped out by commercial whaling in the 19th and early 20th century, according to the Endangered Species Coalition, and were one of the first species to be federally protected under the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act in 1970.

However, due to amazing global conservation efforts, the current global population of humpback whales has rebounded from a low point of 10,000 back to nearly 80,000, as of 2022.

While a number of humpback populations in areas of the world are still listed as threatened, this upward tick shows incredible promise for ongoing conservation efforts.


523 acres of California redwood forest were just returned to a group of Native American tribes

After purchasing the land in July 2020, Save the Redwoods League officially transferred ownership of 523 acres of redwood forest in California to a group of 10 Native tribes.

The Save the Redwoods League donated the land to the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council, a group of 10 Northern California tribal nations focused on environmental and cultural preservation, as reported by NPR.

The forest will be renamed "Tc'ih-Léh-Dûñ" — which means "fish run place" in the Sinkyone language — as "an act of cultural empowerment and a celebration of Indigenous resilience," the league said in a release. 

The league's purchase of the land for $3.55 million was fully funded by Pacific Gas & Electric, who has been behind multiple wildfires in the region. PG&E also contributed a $1.13 million endowment to support ongoing stewardship of the area. 

Tc'ih-Léh-Dûñ is home to ancient trees, including 200 acres of old-growth redwoods, important bodies of water, and a variety of endangered species. 

"We believe the best way to permanently protect and heal this land is through tribal stewardship," said Sam Hodder, resident and CEO of Save the Redwoods League. "In this process, we have an opportunity to restore balance in the ecosystem and in the communities connected to it, while also accelerating the pace and scale of conserving California's iconic redwood forests."


The Interior Department revoked two mining leases near Minnesota’s Boundary Waters – the most-visited wilderness area in the U.S.

Good news for preserving the most-visited wilderness area in the U.S.! The U.S. Department of the Interior revoked two harmful mining leases near Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

“The Department of the Interior takes seriously our obligations to steward public lands and waters on behalf of all Americans,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said in a statement announcing the decision. “We must be consistent in how we apply lease terms to ensure that no lessee receives special treatment.”

The leases were “improperly” renewed under the Trump Administration, violating department regulations by “customizing lease terms specifically for Twin Metals.”

We get to celebrate good news because of the tireless efforts of environmentalists, activists, and elected officials who challenged the leases.

“Some places are simply too special to mine, and it is our obligation to ensure these unique and valuable lands and waters remain intact for generations to come,” Representative Betty McCollum said in a statement.


Moderna just announced the first doses of its HIV vaccine have been given to trial patients

In huge HIV/AIDS good newsModerna announced they have officially entered Phase 1 of the clinical trial for their mRNA HIV vaccine — the first doses were administered to about 60 trial participants.

Moderna worked with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) on the groundbreaking vaccine.

"We are tremendously excited to be advancing this new direction in HIV vaccine design with Moderna's mRNA platform," said IAVI CEO Mark Feinberg in a statement announcing the program. "The search for an HIV vaccine has been long and challenging, and having new tools in terms of immunogens and platforms could be the key to making rapid progress toward an urgently needed, effective HIV vaccine."

They will test both an initial and booster dose on HIV-negative individuals, monitoring them for safety, and their immune response to determine effectiveness.

This is incredibly good news for global health, and another exciting moment of progress for the world. According to U.S. government statistics, approximately 1.2 million Americans have the virus. Treatment options and outcomes for HIV patients have improved dramatically in recent decades, but no vaccine had passed early trials — yet!


Hopeful Stories From February

The world's largest floating wind farm was approved to be built off the coast of the United Kingdom

Once completed, the floating wind farm will generate around 1GW of power — enough for around 927,400 homes in the UK. Called “Gwnt Glas” (“blue wind” in Welsh), the project is 20 times the size of the current largest floating wind farm in the world, Kincardine off the coast of Scotland. 

Floating wind farms are a new technology, and have a lot of benefits, including providing jobs in coastal communities. Conventional offshore turbines are rooted into the sea bed, so the places they can be installed are limited to depths of 50 meters. Since floating farms are built on platforms anchored underwater, they can be installed in a wider range of locations — which is really good news, because around 80% of the potential offshore wind power capacity is estimated to be in much deeper waters. 

Floating wind farms can also better accommodate fishing and shipping lanes, reach stronger winds, cannot be seen from shore, and more.


Doctors in four Canadian provinces were approved to begin prescribing a year-long pass to national parks

To help improve the mental and/or physical health of their patients, doctors in four Canadian provinces can now prescribe a year-long pass to national parks. ​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​Parks Canada announced they are now backing Canada's "national nature prescription program" known as PaRx — or A Prescription for Nature — which looks to get people into nature for a minimum of two hours per week. ​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​With Parks Canada's backing, around 1,000 health care professionals in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba can now prescribe a Parks Canada Discovery Pass — worth over $70 — to a patient. 

The pass gives them one year of unlimited admission at over 80 national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas.​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​As Business in Vancouver reports, more and more studies are finding that a variety of mental health problems — including those triggered by climate change, or eco-anxiety) can be effectively treated by spending time in nature. Studies have also found it can also reduce chronic diseases, improve birth outcomes, and even help children succeed in life. ​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​“We need to reduce barriers to nature,” said Dr. Melissa Lem, a Vancouver-based family physician who launched PaRx in 2020 with the BC Parks Foundation. ​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​PaRx is also working on reducing other barriers that keep people from spending time in nature, like transportation.​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​And there's another benefit to the program: when people are more connected to nature, they're more likely to protect it.​​​​​​​​


Rihanna committed to giving $15 million to climate justice organizations in the U.S. and the Caribbean

You may have seen Rihanna's baby news (!!!) — but you may have missed this good news too... her foundation just committed to giving $15 million to climate justice groups!​​​​​​​​

​​​​​The Clara Lionel Foundation, founded by Rihanna, announced it would be giving $15 million in grants to organizations focused on climate justice in the U.S. and the Caribbean. The funding is supported by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey's #StartSmall initiative.​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​"At the Clara Lionel Foundation, much of the work is rooted in the understanding that climate disasters, which are growing in frequency and intensity, do not impact all communities equally, with communities of color and island nations facing the brunt of climate change. This is why CLF prioritizes both climate resilience and climate justice work across the U.S. and Caribbean," Robyn "Rihanna" Fenty said in the foundation's announcement.​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​The grants will go to 18 grassroots organizations, which are primarily led by women, youth, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ communities.

The organizations selected for support include:

​​​​​​​​"CLF believes strongly that funders must build partnerships with organizations and acknowledge their deep understanding of what is necessary to achieve climate justice in their own communities," said Justine Lucas, Executive Director of the Clara Lionel Foundation.​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​These grants are going to bring so much good into the world — and we're celebrating the foundation's commitment to supporting intersectional environmentalism organizations most impacted by the climate crisis. We're looking forward to following their lead as we join in the work of protecting the planet.​​​​​​​​

Related: Get to know Leah Thomas, founder of Intersectional Environmentalist


The Irwin family celebrated the milestone of saving their 90,000th animal at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital

The Irwin family announced they just saved their 90,000th animal at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, and many of the animals they’ve saved have been vulnerable species rescued from wildfires, including the 90,000th — “Ollie,” an orphaned platypus.

"'Ollie' the orphaned platypus is receiving round the clock care until he can be released back to the wild," Robert Irwin posted on Instagram, adding, "With pressures from drought to bushfires, wildlife need our help now more than ever."

As ABC News reported, the current wildfires in Australia have burned over 12.35 million acres of land — about twice the size of Vermont. Ecologists at the University of Sydney estimate at least 480 million animals lost their lives since the start of Australia’s bushfire season.

We’re celebrating the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital’s milestone, and are grateful for their work in protecting and preserving Australia’s vulnerable wildlife species.


Bengals fans donated nearly 26,000 meals to a Kansas City food bank after beating the Chiefs to go to the Super Bowl

This year, the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams competed in Super Bowl 56, and while there are a number of problematic things happening surrounding the NFL and the game itself — it's also true that people are stepping up to create a lot of sports good news.​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​In the days since the Bengals defeated the Kansas City Chiefs to go to their first Super Bowl since 1989, Bengals fans have been sending in donations to Harvesters, a local food bank in Kansas City.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Sarah Biles, Harvesters’ director of communications told local news station KSHB in Kansas City that so far they've received $8,500 — and counting. And since every dollar can provide three meals, that adds up to nearly 26,000 meals.​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​It isn't the first time this season that fans have been giving back. Bengals fans were inspired by the Chiefs who, just the week before after defeating the Buffalo Bills, donated over $300,000 to a Buffalo children's hospital.​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​The fans chose a food bank because of Bengals' quarterback Joe Burrow's advocacy and activism for food insecurity and fighting hunger. After Burrow won the Heisman Trophy two years ago, he spoke about food insecurity in his hometown of Athens, Ohio — and donations started rolling in for the Athens County Food Bank, totaling about $650,000. There's now an entire "Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund" set up.​​​​​​​​

Related: Read the best motivational quotes about hunger and feeding the poor


The White House announced a 5-year, $5 billion investment in electric vehicle charging stations around the country

The U.S. Departments of Energy and Transportation announced a plan to distribute $5 billion over the next five years to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations around the country. 

It’s a part of the Biden Administration’s goal to work towards having 500,000 EV chargers by 2030. Currently, the U.S. only has about 100,000 charging stations. 

In the first year, $615 million will be available for states to install chargers on interstate highways to form “the spine of the new national EV charging network,” according to the DOT. Part of the DOT’s guidance for the states’ build out of that network is having charging stations no more than 50 miles apart, and at least four “DC fast” charging plugs per location. Those types of plugs can charge an EV in 30 to 45 minutes. 

Once that network is in place, states will then be able to apply for additional funds for chargers in other public places like transit stations, schools, and parking lots. 

Lack of charging stations is still one of the largest hurdles to a more widespread adoption of electric vehicles, this funding announcement is really good news to get that infrastructure built out quickly.


Up from just 2,000 in 2020, researchers counted nearly 250,000 monarch butterflies in California in 2021

In recent years, the number of monarch butterflies migrating through California have fallen to concerning numbers. In a new report, researchers saw a hopeful trend — they counted nearly 250,000 monarch butterflies in California, the highest in 5 years, and up from just 2,000 in 2020 — which was the lowest in history.​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​While these numbers are encouraging, it's still less than 5% of how many there were in the 1980s, according to Emma Pelton, senior endangered species biologist with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, which organizes the annual count and report.​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​Researchers point to a number of factors that could have led to the sharp increase in population, like good weather (monarchs don't do well in too-hot or too-cold conditions), availability of milkweed (habitat restoration and/or good growing conditions), fewer pesticides in the air as a result of less crops being planted (yet another reason to re-visit our agriculture systems!), interchange between populations and migratory groups, and more. ​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​Pelton said in an online news conference that she was excited about the turnaround, but it doesn't indicate the monarchs are making a full recovery.​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​“It will take multiple more years to understand if this is the beginning of a trend or just a blip,” she said in an online news conference.​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​Climate change, habitat destruction and more have led to the critical decline in the number of monarch butterflies, which are critical to ecosystems — and critical pollinators for our food systems! — in the U.S. and globally. We need to pay attention to these trends so we know how to do our part to protect pollinators.​​​​​​​​


Scientists may have cured HIV in a woman for the first time

A team of researchers in the U.S. just announced they've potentially cured HIV in a woman for the first time ever. The woman is now off of HIV medication and remains “asymptomatic and healthy,” the researchers said.​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​The woman was diagnosed with HIV in 2013 and leukemia in 2017, and joins a group of three men who scientists very likely cured HIV in as well. ​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​Carl Dieffenbach, director of the Division of AIDS at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told NBC News that the accumulation of repeated apparent triumphs in curing HIV “continues to provide hope," and that it's "important that there continues to be success along this line."​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​The scientists used a cutting-edge stem cell transplant method, which given this successful case study, they now expect to be a viable treatment for "dozens" more people each year. While that's only a handful of the estimated 1.2 million people living with HIV in the U.S. alone, it's still good, hopeful progress to celebrate!​​​​​​​​


Because of cheaper renewables, Australia’s announced its largest coal-fired power plant will close 7 years earlier than originally planned

Saying it wasn't able compete with the "influx of renewables" much longer, the operators of Australia's largest coal-fired power planet, Origin Energy announced it would close the plant in 2025 — 7 years earlier than it had originally planned.

This is really good news from a country that still primarily relies on coal to supply its energy needs. As the BBC reports, coal supplies 60% of Australia's electricity, and it's one of the highest carbon-emitting nations per capita.

Renewables, on the other hand, accounted for one-third of energy generation in Australia in 2021, and are predicted to reach 70% by 2030.

This announcement from Origin Energy comes after two other energy companies announced they'd be closing their coal power plants several years ahead of schedule as well.

As more and more countries and companies recognize the benefits — both environmentally and economically — of renewables, we're hopeful we'll see more and more headlines just like this!


In his first starring film role, pop singer Troye Sivan fought stigma, fear, and ignorance around HIV/AIDS

Australian pop singer Troye Sivan, whose YouTube videos and music have inspired a generation of young LGBTQ+ people, wants his first major film role to combat ignorance around HIV/AIDS.​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​In "Three Months", Troye Sivan playsed 17-year-old Caleb, who is exposed to HIV after a one-night stand on the eve of his high school graduation.​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​The film details the shame and anxiety Caleb experiences while waiting three months for diagnosis. Current medical guidelines require 12 weeks from exposure to be 100% certain.​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​Set in 2011, when a positive diagnosis was no longer as heartbreaking as it once was, but fear and ignorance remained rife, the film explores the lingering stigma faced by people living with HIV.​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​"I think there's a lot of, not necessarily misinformation, but a lot of kind of ignorance (around HIV)," Sivan told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a video call from Los Angeles.​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​"I would love it if this movie plays a part in getting rid of the stigma around HIV."​​​​​​​​

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The U.S. has saved millions of adoptable pets from being euthanized by moving them from states with too many, to states that need more

Good news for dogs: While there isn’t a shortage of adoptable dogs in the U.S., there is a difference in where they are adopted most. States like Mississippi have too many, but Massachusetts needs more. 

To compensate for these gaps in supply and demand, sophisticated dog-relocation networks have sprung up over the past decade, bringing adoptable dogs and cats from states with too many to states that need more. 

“How do we connect those shelters that have too many animals and are at risk of euthanasia simply because they were born there, to those shelters where these animals are gonna fly off the shelves?” Matt Bershadker, CEO of the ASPCA, the New York–based animal-welfare giant said to TIME. 

Over the past five years, the ASPCA has poured resources into its “relocation” program, and March will celebrate moving its 200,000th animal in March. While the ASPCA may be the largest and most organized operation, there are also smaller, local nonprofits and groups moving animals to where they’re needed most. 

The “animal relocation” movement isn’t just helping pets find homes, it’s helping euthanasia rates plummet, and helping build capacity to help all kinds of animals.


The world celebrated the life of Dr. Paul Farmer, who spent his life working for justice in global health care

Along with the rest of the global health community, we were devastated to hear about the passing of Dr. Paul Farmer at the beginning of 2022. 

Farmer spent his life working for justice in global health care. He brought high-quality health care to people in world who needed it most — and deserved it as much as anyone else.

Beginning with his first clinic in Haiti, Farmer's work went on to become a global network of healthcare facilities through Partners in Health, serving some of the world's poorest communities, from Malawi and Rwanda, to Kazakhstan, and Peru.

He wrote extensively about the relationship between health and human rights, and inequality and the outcomes of infectious diseases — and it's helped shape what we know (and do) about global health initiatives today.

Dr. Farmer life and legacy is an inspiration to all of us looking to make the world a more just, equitable place for all human beings.

Related: Read the most inspiring quotes from Dr. Paul Farmer about justice, health, and equality


The 2022 'Project for Awesome' livestream raised a record $3.2 million for charity in just 48 hours

In just two days, the Project for Awesome raised over $3 million for charity — breaking the record for all of the group's previous fundraising events.​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​Thousands people from around the world watched the annual 48-hour event — hosted by John Green and Hank Green — contributed donations, and voted on​​​​​​​​ nonprofits to support.​​​​​​​​

2022 marked Project for Awesome’s 15th-annual livestream, and as the 48 hours came to an end, viewers had raised a total $3,124,662.89 for charity. The total amount raised in the 2022 stream surpassed the previous record, set in 2021, by more than $700,000.​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​The Project for Awesome splits funds raised into two pools.​​​​​​​​ During the first 24 hours of the stream, money raised was​​​​​​​​ distributed between Partners in Health and Save the Children.

​​​​​​​​And any money collected during the second half of the livestream is divided among charities submitted by and voted for by members of the community. This year, those charities included World Central Kitchen, The Trevor Project,​​​​​​​​ The Audre Lord Project, Rainbow Railroad, and more.​​​​​​​​


Positive World News From March

A synagogue in Ukraine turned its basement into a bomb shelter for 'all people' looking for safety from air raids

A synagogue in the small town of Uman, Ukraine converted its basement into a temporary bomb shelter open to anyone and everyone looking for a safe place to hide from Russian troops and air raids.​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​"We invite all the people, all Ukrainians, all Hasidic people, doesn't matter who," Irina Rybnitskaya, a lawyer for the U.S.-owned foundation that runs the synagogue told CNN. "We prepare this place especially for them, in order to hide [when] there is [an] alarm."​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​The basement is stocked with mattresses and blankets, and people taking shelter there brought personal belongings in case they have to hide out for days at a time. ​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​Uman was attacked in the earlier days of the invasion, and as a result many residents fled. While they haven't seen attacks more recently, there are still checkpoints around the city run by Ukrainian soldiers — and for those who can't or don't want to leave, the synagogue is offering a place of refuge.​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​And while Russian President Putin has claimed the Ukrainian government is a "gang of drug addicts and neo-Nazis" and the invasion is for the "demilitarization" and "denazification," the Jewish community in Uman say Ukrainians have been nothing but welcoming and supportive. ​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​As CNN reported, Uman's Rosh Hashanah new year celebrations have become the biggest Jewish festival outside of Israel in the last few years, with tens of thousands of Jewish pilgrims coming to visit the tomb of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, the founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement.​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​And now, that same community is offering refuge to anyone who needs a safe hiding place.​​​​​​​​

This isn’t the only good news from Ukraine — people, organizations, and governments from all over the world came together in March to help make a difference for Ukrainians.

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