Halloween is going to be very strange and different this year. Most of 2020 has been affected and altered by COVID-19, and October 31st is going to be no different. Health officials are recommending that everyone stays inside, and to avoid large gatherings such as parties or haunted houses. They say to have caution while trick-or-treating, if you do decide to go out. Many events have already been canceled, such as Kings Island’s Halloween Haunt. Not only have things gotten canceled, but some have been moved online. Many towns will have online costume contests and games live over Zoom. Some states are being very strict with restrictions on Halloween this year, and others not so much.
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As we’re sure you all know 2020 has been a very eventful year. There has definitely been more downs than ups as we’ve been going. The world has gone through a lot this year. All we are hearing on the news is negativity. We are only seeing the terrible things currently happening. It’s beginning to get overwhelming. However, there is always a silver lining and a light at the end of the tunnel. There are a lot of great and happy things going on right now that we just aren’t hearing about. For some much needed positivity, here is some good news that we feel everyone needs to hear.
McDonald’s Testing New Reusable Cup System
McDonald’s in the United Kingdom has begun testing new reusable returnable cups to cut back on the 600 billion paper coffee cups that are used up every year. McDonald’s Vice President of Sustainability, Jenny McColloch opted to use this system of reusable drinking cups, which are manufactured by a company called Loop.
To keep up with health standards regarding Covid-19, after returning the cups, McDonald’s sends the cups to a facility to have the cups sterilized so they can be used again the next day. McDonald’s in the UK is taking tips from McDonald’s in Germany, as they offer a discount if you bring your own cup. If you use the new reusable cup in McDonald’s UK, they offer a small discount to your purchase.
Although McDonald’s has been using biodegradable cups to help recycle and keep from wasting the paper, these recyclable materials still have a life cycle before the cups’ molecular structure begins breaking down. Loop and McDonald’s are hoping that implementing this new cup will inspire other companies to do the same and reduce waste and pollution.
Oldest WWII Veteran Turns 111 Years Old
Lawrence Brooks is the oldest known U.S.World War Two veteran. He was born on September 12th 1909, This would make him 111 years old. He ended up being drafted into the Second World War when he was 31 years old. He would eventually become a 1st Class Private. He was one of only 1.2 million African Americans that served in the war, compared to 16 million soldiers.
On his birthday last Saturday he was at his home with the Victory Belles singing and dancing for him. People socially distanced on the sidewalk in front of his house, people brought gifts, cards, and many brought signs. He was so happy. He smiled, danced around, and clapped to the singing. There was a military fly over that went directly over his house. It was just for him. He had nearly 10,000 cards sent to his doorstep and birthday wishes from across the planet.
Quaden Bayles is a nine-year-old boy from the city of Queensland in Australia. He suffers from the genetic disorder, achondroplasia, which causes dwarfism. Bayles has recently gone viral over a video recorded by his mother of him breaking down into tears because of his constant encounters with bullying at school. In the video, Quaden states several times, “I want to kill myself”. Even the voice of his mother breaks as she records and shows the effect bullying has on her child. His mother, Yarraka Bayles, warns parents that bullying prevention doesn’t do enough for the kids and that’s the reason suicides are not decreasing.
If every person on the planet contributed a little bit of effort to help keeping the environment clean, it would make the world a tremendously better place. Scientists have proven that humans use Earths resources fifty percent faster than it is replenished. This lead them to conclude that by the year 2030 (ten years from now), we technically will need two Earths to support our population and consumption. We also have destroyed numerous animal and plant lives and habitats. Every year between 18,000 and 55,000 species go extinct due to human activities.
Us people are also naturally wasteful. On Average (especially the western society) we waste food, paper, packaging, old electronics, metals etc. U.S. industries generate almost 8 billion tons of waste each year. There is many issues coming in the short, and long run for our planet, but their is many ways you can help turn the environment around for the better.
Many people like to grieve and think about their passed love ones by taking balloons filled with helium, and writing loving messages to their family no longer with us. it helps get off their chest things Continue reading Do Balloons Go To Heaven
Social Network has opened a window of opportunities for everyone who uses it. Now that we have social media it is as easy as a swipe of a finger to get a hold of a long lost friend, plan a birthday, and finish 24 levels of Peggle Blast, all in one sitting! But there is quite a lot of negative activities occurring thanks to the internet. Continue reading Should Cyberbullying be Taken More Seriously
On Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Iran fired multiple missiles onto “two Iraqi bases housing US troops” https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/07/politics/rockets-us-airbase-iraq/index.html. As many people believed this was their attack as revenge to the United States since President Trump had their major general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Qasem Soleimani, killed on the 3 of January in Baghdad, Iraq.
According to CNN.com, Iran specifically targeted the al-Asad airbase and American and coalition forces in Erbil that housed many US troops. When the news broke that Iran fired the missiles onto the base many feared that soldiers would have be killed and a third world war would erupt. Luckily, as of now no United States citizen has been injured or killed.
Sadly we all heard about the tragic wildfires in California, but now across the world Australia is also burning. “Australia has suffered a devastating early bush fire season with fires across several states burning through hundreds of thousands of hectares and destroying hundreds of properties with the loss of six lives.”-(theguardian.com)
In Australia they call these fires, “Bush Fires”. Bush Fires have caused so much damage to Australia for far too long. This year the fires started early. In Queensland 20 homes were lost so far. In Victoria winds were very high mixed with the heat wave they experienced on Thursday night caused a code red. The emergency services said it was the worst they have ever seen.
India’s air pollution rates have been drastically rising. Fear of having no fresh air when walking through the neighborhood, and streets of their homes has been worrying citizens. India’s Government has just declared a state of emergency due to an overload combination of pollution, construction debris, and other fumes. Continue reading India is Selling Air