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November, 2020

The Good News #30

Sadly, we bid a fond farewell to comedian Bobby Ball last week. Fortunately, we’ve scoured the news to find some good news once again, to highlight the people and organisations striving to make the world a slightly better place.

Eco-friendly diamonds
Diamond’s might be a girl’s best friend but traditionally they’re the enemy of the environment and human rights. Fortunately, a UK team claims to have created the the world’s first zero-impact diamond.

The gem, named the Sky Diamond, is made using a sky mining facility to extract carbon from the atmosphere, with wind and sun providing the energy, as well as using rainwater. It was developed by environmentalist, founder of green energy firm Ecotricity and chairman of Forest Green Rovers football club, Dale Vince, in Stroud, Gloucestershire. Vince told the PA news agency ‘The entire ingredient list comes from the sky and it’s not just low or zero carbon, it’s actually negative carbon in that respect, because we’re locking up atmospheric carbon into a very permanent form of carbon, the diamond.’

It took the creators more than five years to get the technique right, ensuring that the jewels are both physically and chemically identical to Earth-mined diamonds. The Sky Diamond, which takes just a couple of weeks to be made, has now been certified by the International Gemological Institute.

It’s a really exciting development that we’ll hopefully see more of in the future – enabling us to adapt the life we’re used to slightly in order to combat the climate crises.

If you fancy a new rock on your finger, the diamonds will be available to pre-order for collaborations from early next year.

Image of Aisha Thomas, founder of 'Beyond the 26,' wearing a red hoodie that reads 'Representation Matters.'

Beyond the 26

A new project launched by Aisha Thomas, TedX Bristol Speaker, Educator, Agent and Founder of Representation Matters Ltd, aims to celebrate black educators in Bristol, as well as others from underrepresented communities.

The project will display photos of those featured on Instagram and in various locations across Bristol. Each person photographed has also provided a quote about why representation in education is important.

In 2018, Aisha partnered with the BBC to film a documentary highlighting the lack of awareness around black educators in the city, in the wake of the Runnymede Trust report in 2017, which documented the racial divides in Bristol and, in particular, the lack of diversity among teachers. The documentary revealed the population of black secondary school teachers in Bristol was just 1.9 per cent, a total of 26.

Thomas said “We need to diversify the workforce, we need to challenge the narrative, we need to add richness and vibrancy to the curriculum. However, what this made me realise, is that we are not celebrating all of the other amazing educators, from Black and minority communities which are here now. As a result, I decided to self-fund a project called Beyond the 26, where I could celebrate some of the Black and minority educators in Bristol that I have had the pleasure of working with.”

You can follow Beyond the 26 on Instagram here.

Dale Vince holding a handful of ‘sky diamonds’ created using a ‘sky mining facility’ to extract carbon from the atmosphere, with wind and sun providing the energy, as well as using rain water.

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