Bullying is a big problem in today’s schools. In fact, 20-30% of students admit to being bullied, and 70% of teachers and students say they have witnessed bullying. However, this isn’t the issue you would expect to be on a 6-year-old boy’s mind when he considers the first day of school. For Blake Rajahn of Georgia, this is exactly what was on his mind. He saw an opportunity to do something about it, and he took it.
Mom Asks a Simple Question
Blake’s mom, Nikki, had recently started her own business making personalized apparel and home goods. She told him he could choose a shirt with anything he wanted on it as a first day of school present. She expected him to ask for what most boys his age would, a cartoon character or a sports theme. What he said surprised her and made her extremely proud.
Nikki says she told Blake, “I will make him any shirt he would like. It could have anything- a basketball theme, football, etc. which are all his favorites”.
A Heartwarming Yet Surprising Answer
Blake went far beyond Nikki’s expectations with his response. He replied, “Will you please make me a shirt that says ‘I will be your friend’ for all the kids who need a friend to know that I am here for them?”
Blake’s T-shirt was bright orange with “I will be your friend” in green block letters. While most kids just attempt to keep their head down and fit in, Blake chose to stand out as much as possible to spread his message of friendship and kindness.
Social Media Popularity
Blake’s mom did what any proud parent would do, and posted a picture and the story behind it on Facebook. Her intention was simply to share the moment with those close to her. However, the post went viral. Soon she had others wanting the shirt as well.
Not Just Business as Usual
She states that she had many people ordering the same shirt or shirts with a similar positive message, with many including #blakesfriends in honor of Blake. Nikki sells the custom T-shirts for $15 each. She is also giving back to the local community.
A portion of each t-shirt sold goes to Real LIfe Center, a local church charity. The Real Life Center offers lots of help to needy families in the community, including food pantries, financial counseling, and senior programs.
She took things a step further as well, and allows people to donate money for shirts for those who want one but can’t afford them. It seems Blake seems to have learned about caring for others from the best place possible, his mom.
This heartwarming story is a great reminder that the youngest of us can sometimes teach the greatest lessons. It also shows that a small thing like a custom t-shirt can start a movement and create positive change in the world.
The Amazon Is Going To Be Saved By Chocolate Forests! Find Out More…
Chocolate lovers all over the world are certainly going to want to sit down before they hear this news. It is a lot to take in! As someone who needs to have a chocolate stash in their home at all times, this news hit me in my feel zone. The chocolate industry is not immune to bad news, though. There are all sorts of reports that are designed to make us feel bad about our consumption.
It takes a heartless person to hear about the role of child labor in chocolate production and not think twice about chowing down on a candy bar. Fair trade chocolates need to be purchased whenever possible. Otherwise, you could be spending your money on items that have been produced under adverse circumstances. West African parks are currently being destroyed to make room for more cruelty based farms.
This does not sit well with us and it should not sit well with you, either. However, the nation of Brazil made a recent announcement that should have everyone applauding. Chocolate lovers everywhere, rejoice! The cattle ranchers of Brazil are coming together to make life easier for chocolate consumers everywhere. They are going to utilize their additional land to help the cause. Chocolate forests are being created as we speak and we are overjoyed.
Instead of letting their used up pastures fall by the wayside, this land is now going to be utilized. These ranchers are finally taking a more responsible approach. This is a fantastic piece of news. These are the ranchers who have caused so much deforestation already. The trees in this rainforest are responsible for the production of much of the world’s oxygen.
20 percent of the oxygen that is consumed on this planet is derived from this rainforest. The deforestation that is taking place is frightening. Environmental regulations have been passed, in hopes of keeping these farmers from being able to continue their hurtful tactics. We are glad that someone is finally stepping up to the plate to put a stop to these actions.
If no one is willing to protect the environment, the entire human race can be placed in jeopardy. The cows who consume the grass on these farmlands are also responsible for environmental depletion. Their needs certainly have to be considered as well. That’s why the ranchers of this region have decided that it is time to move in a more positive direction going forward.
Any move towards chocolate is a positive one, to be quite honest. This is a credo to live by. When lands are used in a manner that allows for greenery to grow, this is highly beneficial to the greater good. As a society, we need to make sure that we are doing everything in our power to keep forests from being cut down to make room for more inhumane production of human resources.
It is our responsibility to make sure that we are preserving the Earth for our children and their children. These chocolate forests are a great way to ensure the health of the planet, while steering the world of chocolate production away from the usage of child labor. The Amazon Fund is also offering financial incentives to farmers who are willing to plant their own chocolate forests.
Over $5 million in grants has been offered already and we hope that there is more to come. This is also good news for the farmers who are making the switch. The production of cocoa is far more profitable. This allows farmers to cease their practices, while remaining financially solvent. It is not often that we get to help the environment and our bottom line. Please be sure to pass this good news along to the choco-holics in your life!
Coca-Cola Is Doing An About Face, Thanks To Greenpeace Pressure!
Single use plastic bottles are a scourge to the environment. If we had it our way, these bottles would no longer exist. The corporations that are responsible for providing them need to take a long look in the mirror. Why would any responsible company continue to manufacture these bottles? There is no reason to do so. The Coca-Cola Company is one of the main companies that we are pointing the finger at here.
They are not only responsible for the production of Coca-Cola beverages, they are also responsible for a wide range of other name brands that we consume on an everyday basis. If you drink Smart Water, Dasani or Minute Maid, these are all Coca-Cola products. This company is personally responsible for the creation of a staggering number of single use plastic bottles.
Can you believe that there are over 100 billion single usage plastic bottles being thrust into the environment each year….just off Coca-Cola alone!? This is insane to us. Now that millennial Americans are becoming more concerned with the effects of these plastic bottles, it is time to take a closer look at the manner in which we consume our favorite beverages each day.
In many instances, there are some simple changes that we are going to have to make if we are going to avoid the difficulties associated with these types of consumer decisions. According to studies, the average millennial is more than willing to put their money where their mouth is. They are ready to shell out extra, just to have access to more sustainable products over the long haul.
These are the sacrifices that we are going to have to make if we are going to avoid the environmental damages that are associated with our own decision making. No one can continue to do the same things that they have always done and reasonably expect different results. Now that the heat is being turned up, Coca-Cola is finally changing their ways.
Greenpeace is applying the pressure and Coca-Cola is here to listen. The Plastics Industry Association is actively working to maintain the status quo. Coca-Cola has decided, at long last, to leave this association. Pepsi is not going to be left in the dust when it comes to this association, either. The soda giant has already announced their plans to leave the Plastics Industry Association at a later date.
This association’s efforts are deplorable. They have already pressed a number of different states into avoiding the plastic bottle bans. Greenpeace has been lauding the decision that was made by Coca-Cola and we are, too. It gets tiring to watch corporations shirk their responsibilities to the environment. There is only so much that we can do on our own.
Companies are often scared to take the first step publicly and this is understandable. However, now that major companies like Coca-Cola and Pepsi are taking the initial steps, there is no reason to remain afraid. If you are anything like us, you are going to want to live in a world where sustainable beverage containers become the norm. They should never be an outlier and this is something that we believe in strongly.
Please be sure to share this great news with all of your friends and loved ones as soon as possible. We are glad that the top companies are finally taking the initiative to make these all important changes. After all, who wouldn’t want to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that our consumer choices are not hurting the planet? This is a victory for all of the consumers who are looking to make the necessary changes in their lives.
Protest in the Appalachian Mountains Grabs National Attention
The Appalachian mountain chain is one of the most beautiful locations in the world. When people look outside at the Appalachian mountain chain, they are used to seeing blue skies, beautiful trees, towering mountains, and a diverse array of wildlife. Interviews with people who live in this area often highlight the animals that like to roam the fields and the sunsets that are absolutely awe-inspiring. The scenery of the Jefferson National Forest, which occupies a portion of the Appalachian mountain chain, is absolutely incredible. At the same time, recently, people who live near the Appalachian mountains have been seeing something different.
There are many people who have called the Appalachian mountain chain home for not only their entire lives but also for multiple generations of family members. Therefore, they care deeply about the mountain chain and fight hard to protect the environment. Unfortunately, there are many companies who have come in and are trying to develop this beautiful land. While the companies may claim that they are trying to bring progress to the Appalachian mountain area, the locals feel differently. They are afraid that the presence of these companies is going to destroy the scenery that they and their ancestors have worked so hard to protect.
In one particular area of the Appalachian mountain chain, called Peters Mountain, there is a protest that has been happening. Now, many people are starting to take notice. Those who watch carefully and look up might find that there are people climbing up into the trees. This climbing effort has been happening for close to two years. The trees near Peters Mountain sit near the location of a construction project that is slated to happen soon. The Mountain Valley Pipeline is supposed to begin carrying natural gas right through this mountain. The pipes are going to go right through numerous trees that have grown in and around the mountain. The roots of these trees are incredibly fragile and are going to harm the environment.
If this pipelines goes through, it would mean that the trees are going to be destroyed along with the beautiful landscape that many people have come to love. If the locals have anything to say about it, this construction project is never going to get off the ground. The Mountain Valley Pipeline was first proposed close to six years ago. Even though the construction project has been on the books for a while, it has yet to be completed. This is because the locals have stepped up and fought hard for the environment every step of the way. Now, they do not have to do this alone because they have the attention of the entire country.
The pipeline is supposed to be one of the longest in the country. The pipeline is going to travel from West Virginia down into Virginia before heading into North Carolina. The pipeline is going to be 3.5 feet in diameter and is going to carry natural gas throughout the entire way. Many people who live in the Appalachian region are worried about the health of the environment, the community, and the people who live there. Many people are looking at the other pipelines that have been built all over the country and are wondering why this one is so much bigger. Some of the concerns about the pipeline that people have include the quality of the drinking area, the development of sinkholes, and the tremendous amount of traffic that is going to clog up the roads. During the past few years, hundreds of people have turned out to protest and fight the pipeline by sitting in the trees. Now, the world has taken notice.
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