5 good news stories to end your week

It’s that time of the week again. 

Make your day brighter by reading through good things that have happened, to end your week on a high. 

1. Tom Daley shared a powerful message to the LGBT+ community

The British diver and his partner Matty Lee won the men’s synchronised 10-metre diving event at the Tokyo games. After four Olympic Games and two bronze medals, it was Tom’s first time taking home a Gold. During his speech after the win, he said: “I feel incredibly proud to say I am a gay man and also an Olympic champion. 

“I hope that any young LGBT person out there can see that no matter how alone you feel right now, you are not alone and that you can achieve anything. There is a whole lot of your chosen family out here ready to support you.”

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2. RNLI charity receives record increase in donations

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the largest charity that saves lives at sea around the coasts of the United Kingdom. The charity received a 2,000% daily increase in donations after criticism of asylum rescues in the Channel. 

The charity said in the same 24-hour period, there had been a 270% increase in people viewing volunteering opportunities on its website. It would normally receive up to £7,000 in daily donations, but it received £200,000. Downing Street praised its “vital work”.

3. Hydrogen is powering the Olympics village

Hydrogen power is seen by some as the “renewable energy of the future” – hydrogen fuel-cells produce no emissions of any kind except for water.

“With their immense reach and visibility, the Olympic Games are a great opportunity to demonstrate technologies which can help tackle today’s challenges, such as climate change,” Marie Sallois, Director for Sustainability at the International Olympic Committee, told Euro News.

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“Tokyo 2020’s showcasing of hydrogen is just one example of how these Games will contribute to this goal.”

4. A Washington state has banned fossil fuel infrastructure

Whatcom county’s city council has approved a measure that bans all new fossil fuel infrastructure. The climate action policy also requires existing fossil fuel companies to offset any extra planet-heating gases emitted from expansion. Burning fossil fuels emits a number of air pollutants that are harmful to both the environment and public health.

Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions, primarily the result of burning coal, contribute to acid rain and the formation of harmful particulate matter.

5. Stormzy pledges to support 30 Black students through university

Each student will receive a £20,000 annual scholarship under a new partnership between banking group HSBC UK and the musician’s charity, #Merky Foundation.

The funds will cover tuition fees and maintenance costs for 10 new students each year over the next three years. Read more in our story here

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