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Someone Give This Man A Nobel Prize Already. He’s Going To Save The Planet!

Thisman, Allan Savory, once bought into a lie that everyone accepted blindly. Thislie resulted in something horrible happening, which he supported at the time.But now he has a mission. A simple and beautiful mission: SAVE. THE. PLANET.He’s going to do it, too. Watch and be in awe.

Someone Give This Man A Nobel Prize Already. He’s Going To Save The Planet!
Some highlights:

At 0:49, he lays out how big a problem we're facing with climate change. In case you forgot.
At 1:20, learn what desertification means and why it's an important word to add to your vocabulary.
At 2:17, you get a satellite view of desertification.
At 2:52, see why rainfall isn't enough to change deserts back to grasslands.
At 3:20, learn about the role carbon plays in all of this.
At 4:12, he tells us THE lie we're all told and accept, like how people used to accept that the world was flat. Sidebar: I love how he pronounces "methane."
At 5:30, he talks about one of his biggest mistakes.
At 6:42, see how that mistake motivates him to make one of the most important scientific discoveries of our generation.
Beginning at 7:30, learn how changing microclimates is really global climate change and how no one really understood the threat of desertification...
... until now, at 9:00.
At 9:50, see how grasslands change (and die).
At 10:40, learn why solving this with fire is a bad idea and why we need to stop burning 1 billion hectares of grassland in Africa every year.
At 11:30, he points out all the things we've tried and what our ONLY option is now. People, this is how we're going to heal the world.
At 12:20, he's enacted his solution and shows you what it looks like.
At 13:03, but, how do you mimic nature's herds in the 21st century?
At 14:10, he manages to come up with a holistic process that helps locals increase crop yield.
At 15:00, this is the start of the most relief-inducing before and after pics you'll ever see.
At 16:50, his mic-drop-worthy moment will blow you away.
At 17:11, see the faces of the families he's helping.
At 18:50, he says that desertification may be a worse force of climate (and social) change than fossil fuels.
At 19:30, but we can fix it. And we will.
At 19:50, I think I screamed "AMEN" when he got here.
And finally at 20:56, you get to hear a response to a bonus question that may have been on your mind.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

This article originally appeared on 12.02.19


Just imagine being an 11-year-old boy who's been shuffled through the foster care system. No forever home. No forever family. No idea where you'll be living or who will take care of you in the near future.

Then, a loving couple takes you under their care and chooses to love you forever.

What could one be more thankful for?

That's why when a fifth grader at Deerfield Elementary School in Cedar Hills, Utah was asked by his substitute teacher what he's thankful for this Thanksgiving, he said finally being adopted by his two dads.

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To the child's shock, the teacher replied, "that's nothing to be thankful for," and then went on a rant in front of 30 students saying that "two men living together is a sin" and "homosexuality is wrong."

While the boy sat there embarrassed, three girls in the class stood up for him by walking out of the room to tell the principal. Shortly after, the substitute was then escorted out of the building.

While on her way out she scolded the boy, saying it was his fault she was removed.

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One of the boy's parents-to-be is Louis van Amstel, is a former dancer on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." "It's absolutely ridiculous and horrible what she did," he told The Salt Lake Tribune. "We were livid. It's 2019 and this is a public school."

The boy told his parents-to-be he didn't speak up in the classroom because their final adoption hearing is December 19 and he didn't want to do anything that would interfere.

He had already been through two failed adoptions and didn't want it to happen again.

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A spokesperson for the Alpine School District didn't go into detail about the situation but praised the students who spoke out.

"Fellow students saw a need, and they were able to offer support," David Stephenson said. "It's awesome what happened as far as those girls coming forward."

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He also said that "appropriate action has been taken" with the substitute teacher.

"We are concerned about any reports of inappropriate behavior and take these matters very seriously," Kelly Services, the school the contracts out substitute teachers for the district, said in a statement. "We conduct business based on the highest standards of integrity, quality, and professional excellence. We're looking into this situation."

After the incident made the news, the soon-to-be adoptive parents' home was covered in paper hearts that said, "We love you" and "We support you."

Religion is supposed to make us better people.

But what have here is clearly a situation where a woman's judgement about what is good and right was clouded by bigoted dogma. She was more bothered by the idea of two men loving each other than the act of pure love they committed when choosing to adopt a child.