Here are four good news stories from around the world to brighten your day.
1. In a historic referendum, people in Ecuador have voted to protect the Amazon by stopping oil drilling
In a historic referendum, people in Ecuador have voted to protect one of the Amazon rainforest’s most biodiverse areas by halting oil drilling.
The Yasuni National Park in eastern Ecuador is one of the most ecologically rich places on Earth.
It is also home to the Tagaeri and Taromenane, two Indigenous tribes that live in voluntary isolation from the outside world.
The area is also happens to hold Ecuador’s largest reserve of crude oil, which is Ecuador’s most important export.
In 2007, former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa launched a campaign to keep the oil in the ground, but it ultimately failed.
In 2013, a group of a youth climate activist group named YASunidos and Indigenous leaders took over the campaign.
Now, almost 10 years after its inception and despite multiple setbacks, a referendum was finally held on Sep. 12 in conjunction with the presidential elections, passing with almost 59% of votes from the population, effectively banning oil drilling in the area.
2. This Malaysian girl films herself dancing on the London subway and her confidence is inspiring
A young woman in London has taken TikTok by storm with her selfie videos of her dancing on the London subway.
22-year-old Sabrina Bahsoon, now widely known as Tube Girl, went viral for her first video in mid-August, which has gained over 7.8 million views.
In her videos, she films herself dancing and singing along to music while commuting on the London Tube while swirling the camera around.
Bahsoon dances totally unbothered by other passengers and has quickly become an inspirational icon for TikTok users with her confidence and “delulu” attitude.
#TubeGirl has now turned into a trend, as others were inspired to film their own version of the video on public transit.
3. This underwear brand featured diverse models for New Zealand Fashion Week to celebrate body positivity
American underwear brand Jockey embraced diversity during its show at New Zealand Fashion Week 2023, bringing together the most diverse group of models to the event.
People with a variety of body shapes and sizes – from rugby players to models of all ages, sizes, races and abilities – charmed the crowd at its show at Auckland’s Viaduct Events Centre on Thursday Aug. 31.
Rugby players from both New Zealand’s women’s and men’s teams, the All Blacks and the Black Ferns, stripped down for the show as a part of a partnership with Jockey, an official All Blacks sponsor.
Several models with disability and older models also stole the show.
4. This Filipino church held a mass same-sex wedding for 29 couples and it was absolutely beautiful
On Jun. 25, a mass wedding ceremony took place in Quezon City, the Philippines, as 29 same-sex couples exchanged vows and celebrated their love.
The event, organized by the LGBTS (Let God Be Thy Savior) Christian Church Inc., was celebrated by around 200 people, including the newlyweds’ families and friends.
The LGBTS Christian Church, established over a decade ago, actively advocates against the misinterpretation of LGBTQ teachings in the Holy Bible by mainstream churches, according to local outlet, the Daily Tribune.
Quezon City stands as the sole Filipino city that hosts an annual commitment ceremony for same-sex couples and is also the first to allow same-sex couples to make health decisions for each other.