Acts of Kindness #4

Eloise Jones scours through the news to deliver some uplifting stories.

The news this week has been consumed with General Election chat.

No matter where you’re searching for stories, it’s Johnson this, Corbyn that, for this reason, it’s important to take a step back to appreciate the finer things in life.

So, we’ve sifted through the politics patter to bring you three of the week’s more uplifting stories.

Banksy designs tour merch in aid of rough sleepers

The festive t-shirts have been designed to fund 400 sleep pods to keep homeless people warm this winter.

The initiative follows Banksy’s latest design in Birmingham, which depicts a rough sleeper being ‘pulled’ by two reindeer.

Sleep pods are thermal shelters that were originally designed for refugees to keep them warm and dry in Calais.

They will be distributed by homeless charities in the south-west.

Banksy designed t-shirts will be sold at an IDLES gig at Bristol’s Marble Factory.

Rare species of toad makes a comeback after 30 years of suspected extinction

The starry night harlequin toad has been rediscovered in a remote Colombian mountain range.

The toads can be identified by their oily black skin with white spots, said to resemble the clear, dark skies above the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

But, according to the indigenous Arhuaco people who live in the mountain range, the critter was never lost.

The starry night toad is sacred to the indigenous group. They listen to its singing as guidance for growing crops or performing spiritual ceremonies.

As a result, The Arhuaco has teamed up with local researchers to document the toad’s existence and to reintroduce them to science.

With strong conservation and respect from the community, the toad is set to make a strong comeback in years to come.

Elm tree numbers are finally set to flourish again

It’s been a week of resurgence for the natural world as the elm tree joins the starry night toad in making a comeback.

During the 1960s and 70s, more than 20 million of the trees died from Dutch elm disease.

But the aftermath has seen a generation of new seedlings, which appear to be resistant to the disease.

The resurgence of elm is important to the UK as the tree is often home to rare butterflies and birds.

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