Need Some Positivity? Here Are 10 Good News Stories That Gave Us Hope This Month
So, if you're looking for some positivity to uplift your spirits, the team from The Daily Aus have you covered. As Australia's leading social-first news service, they're dedicated to offering young Australians a digestible and engaging way to access news.
Here, The Daily Aus team share the 10 happiest news stories from the month of July, to help you stay optimistic during these tough times. Hang in there because despite what it might feel like, there are plenty of good things to come.
The Top 10 Good News Stories of July 2021
1. Brisbane has been announced as the host of the 2032 Olympic Games. Australian officials including Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk presented a 45-minute pitch to secure the Games. The announcement comes after the International Olympic Committee named Brisbane as its preferred bidder in February this year.
2. South Carolina State University has cancelled $9.8 million in student debt for more than 2,500 students. The majority of students whose debts will be cancelled were either not enrolled for the next semester because of past-due account balances, or left college completely because they couldn’t afford to pay.
3. A woman has completed the 37-week training course to become a U.S. Naval Special Warfare combatant-craft crewman for the first time. Commander of Naval Special Warfare Rear Adm. H.W. Howard III said, “becoming the first female to graduate from a Naval Special Warfare training pipeline is an extraordinary accomplishment and we are incredibly proud of our teammate".
4. Greenland has suspended all oil exploration as the Government "takes the climate crisis seriously." The decision was made on June 24 but was made public last week. In a statement, the Government said "the future does not lie in oil. The future belongs to renewable energy, and in that respect we have much more to gain”.
5. NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have formed a partnership to observe Earth and its changing environment. The two agencies have joined forces to lead and support a global response to climate change. According to a joint statement, “the partnership is an effort to help address and mitigate climate change through monitoring Earth with combined efforts of both agencies in Earth science observations, research, and applications”.
6. Illinois has become the first U.S. state to require elementary and high schools to teach a unit of Asian American history. The legislation mandates that "the contributions of Asian American communities to the economic, cultural, social, and political development of the United States" be taught along with civil rights advancements. The legislation is set to go into effect on January 1 for the 2022-23 school year.
7. Australia’s men’s basketball team, the Boomers, have cemented their place as Olympic medal hopefuls after recording a 91-83 win over Team USA in an exhibition match in Las Vegas. Patty Mills, who is one of Australia’s flag bearers for the Tokyo Games, top scored for Australia with 22 points. Team USA had lost just two official exhibition games since professional NBA players began representing the national team in 1992.
8. 15 LGBTIQ+ organisations in Victoria have a new home after an Australian-first LGBTIQ+ hub opened yesterday. According to the Victorian Government, The Pride Centre is designed to help Victorians “...access inclusive services, connect with each other, celebrate who they are, learn about LGBTIQ+ history and appreciate LGBTIQ+ art and performances at the centre’s theatrette and gallery.”
9. Plans for Scotland's largest net zero housing development in Edinburgh has been granted approval by planners. It will include 444 flats that are a mix of one, two and three-bedroom places. The homes will be built with improved insulation, low carbon heating and renewable technology. A target to achieve net zero carbon has been set in Edinburgh for 2030.
10. Health authorities in Italy have set up overnight COVID-19 vaccination drives to vaccinate "people on the margins of society, the most fragile". Those who took part in the drive include undocumented migrants, foreign students and people from other countries who legally work, but can't access vaccines. Each person received the singular-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine for logistical reasons, as it may be difficult to reach those people again for a second dose.