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Mayan timekeeper says world WON’T end in 2012… as it’s only a calendar change

via Mail Online | Sun January 01, 2012
Many consider it a joke although others are scared we might never live to see next year thanks to the Mayan calendar’s ‘apocalyptic’ prediction. But Mayan expert Leonzo Barreno, of Saskatchewan, Canada, says the ‘apocalypse’ concept is a false interpretation of the Long Count calendar.

No more corporate personhood in LA, Unanimous

via Examiner | Wed December 21, 2011
Thanks to ground work by the U.S. Green Party, the wave of Occupy Wall Street empowerment and Human Rights Aler, Los Angeles became the first major U.S. city to vote against corporate personhood and call for a Constitutional Amendment asserting corporations are not entitled to constitutional rights and that money is not free speech.

Centenarian sets record by running a marathon

via AFP | Tue October 18, 2011
A British centenarian of Indian ancestry became the oldest person ever to complete a full 42-kilometer (26-mile) marathon over the weekend in Toronto, Canadian media said Monday.

Young Indonesians paint the town green

via AFP | Sat October 01, 2011
Young Indonesians are breathing new life into their polluted concrete capital city with little more than buckets of soil and seeds.

Activists worldwide push for leaving the fossil fuel age behind

Story contains video via MongaBay | Mon September 26, 2011
On six continents, in over 75 percent of the world's countries, people came out en masse yesterday to attend over 2,000 events to demonstrate the power of renewable energy to combat global climate change.

Pay It Forward Bracelets: A small idea for a big change

Story contains video GNN staff | Fri September 23, 2011
Some people feel that their ability to change to world for the better is miniscule. They feel that they lack either time or money or a platform from which to manifest this change. Charley Johnson wants to change all that.

Social project uses pop bottles to provide indoor lighting for the poor

Story contains video via GizMag | Sat September 17, 2011
Perhaps you've performed that old camping trick before, where you created a lantern by shining a flashlight into a water-filled bottle. While that may have helped you find your marshmallows in the dark, imagine how much brighter that bottle would have been if it were lit directly by the Sun.

Remembering 9/11: A warrior’s unexpected gift to America

via CNN | Sun September 11, 2011
As America looked inward in the days, weeks and months after September 11, 2001, others around the world made extraordinary gestures toward the United States.

How the Greenest Skyscraper Complex Ever Is Rising Out of the Rubble of the World Trade Center

via Popular Science | Sat September 10, 2011
On September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center transformed from a pair of gleaming towers into a carcinogenic pile of smoldering rubble that's still killing people. Currently rising out of that rubble, though, is a complex with the most environmentally advanced technologies ever attempted at the scale.

Joan Halifax: Compassion and the true meaning of empathy

Story contains video via TED | Sat September 03, 2011
Buddhist roshi Joan Halifax works with people at the last stage of life (in hospice and on death row). She shares what she's learned about compassion in the face of death and dying, and a deep insight into the nature of empathy.

Finding hope on the soccer fields of Haiti

Story contains video via CNN | Sun August 28, 2011
After being stricken with cancer, Patrice Milet dedicated his life to helping children in his native Haiti. His nonprofit youth soccer program provides free equipment, coaching and food to hundreds of participants from the slums and teaches them to become responsible citizens.

For Fukushima families, a brief respite from nuclear nightmare

Story contains video via MSNBC | Fri August 19, 2011
Americans welcome in Japanese mothers, children whose lives were upended by triple disaster

Jeremy Gilley: One day of peace

Story contains video via TED | Mon August 15, 2011
Here's a crazy idea: Persuade the world to try living in peace for just one day, every September 21. In this energetic, honest talk, Jeremy Gilley tells the story of how this crazy idea became real -- real enough to help millions of kids in war-torn regions.

Fighting blindness in the Third World

GNN staff | Sat July 23, 2011
Thanks to the persistent and ingenuity of two doctors, Sanduk Ruit and Geoff Tabin, victims of cataract in the Third world now move toward a future of regaining sight.

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