On Memorial Day, Pay Tribute By Taking A Virtual Visit To A War Memorial

On Memorial Day, Pay Tribute By Taking A Virtual Visit To A War Memorial

According to the American Legion, approximately one million men and women of the U.S. military have lost their lives in defense of our nation since its founding.  Today is the day that we remember them — the veterans who sacrificed their own lives so others could live.  They are similar to the most visible heroes […]

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Hero of the Week: The Newly-Knighted Captain Sir Thomas Moore

Hero of the Week: The Newly-Knighted Captain Sir Thomas Moore

As NPR wrote, Capt. Tom Moore, the British World War II veteran who raised more than $39 million to support NHS charities by walking 100 laps for charity in his garden, is being awarded a knighthood in recognition of how he has inspired people in the U.K. and around the world. Moore launched the campaign […]

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Hero of the Week: Miles Fetherston-Resch

Hero of the Week: Miles Fetherston-Resch

After being inspired by Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, 7-year-old Miles Fetherston-Resch decided that he wanted to donate the money in his piggy bank — all $13 of it — to ocean conservancy. But Miles didn’t stop there, and with the help of his moms Jess and Libby Fetherston-Resch, he’s launched launch Kids Saving Oceans, a […]

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Health Heroes:  Nurses Who Speak Truth To Power

Health Heroes: Nurses Who Speak Truth To Power

Wednesday was National Nurses Day and this year, in particular, all nurses are our heroes.  We know they are an indispensable part of our health care system and they are working in conditions that are far less protective than what they deserve.  In particular, shortages of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) persist in many areas of […]

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Scientist Heroes: Especially the Woman Who Discovered Coronaviruses

Scientist Heroes: Especially the Woman Who Discovered Coronaviruses

Everything we know about COVID-19 and how the virus is mutating is due to the countless teams of scientists and researchers who study infectious diseases. These experts have also helped governments understand the ethics of managing the disease including the issuance of “immunity passports.” There’s a lot of misinformation out there and scientists are leading […]

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Ocean Conservation Heroes: The Community of Niue

Ocean Conservation Heroes: The Community of Niue

Even in the midst of a global pandemic, big conservation wins are possible. Niue is a small island nation in the Pacific but it just made a huge contribution to global ocean health by finalizing this week the creation of an enormous marine protected area comprising 40% of the country’s vast ocean territory.  The new protected […]

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Hero of the Week: Smithfield Foods Whistleblower

Hero of the Week: Smithfield Foods Whistleblower

This week an anonymous employee at a Smithfield Foods meat processing facility wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post exposing the dangers that workers are subjected to in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak at the plant. The meat processing industry has been a hub of coronavirus outbreaks and workers are terrified to have to […]

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Hero of the Week: Senator Gaylord Nelson

In 1970, after a decade of social activism and a series of environmental disasters, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson helped create the first Earth Day and inspired 20 million people to demonstrate across the country. In 1995 on the 25th anniversary of Earth Day, President Clinton awarded Nelson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest […]

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Hero of the Week: Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett

Hero of the Week: Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett

In order for life to truly return to some sense of normalcy, the world will need a COVID-19 vaccine. But vaccines can take a decade or more to develop and scientists and medical researchers are working around the clock to try and create a vaccine. One of those researchers is Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett who is […]

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Heroes of the Week: The People Left Cleaning Up

Heroes of the Week: The People Left Cleaning Up

Throughout the coronavirus crisis, there have been countless heroes who have emerged to take care of the sick, protect the healthy, and ensure that our society functions as best as it can in extraordinary times. But some of our lesser-acknowledged heroes are the people who are cleaning up our waste and sanitizing our hospitals and […]

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Hero of the Week: Caroline Shaw, and Her Colleagues at GE Renewable Energy

Hero of the Week: Caroline Shaw, and Her Colleagues at GE Renewable Energy

For Caroline Shaw, a sourcing manager at a GE wind turbine plant in Florida, the “light bulb went on” after she had to hand out face masks (known as N95s) to a team of coworkers who were tasked with screening their fellow employees for COVID-19. With shortages of masks everywhere it is important to use […]

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Heroes of the Week: Our Brave Healthcare Workers

Heroes of the Week: Our Brave Healthcare Workers

We at Our Daily Planet have been reading the news these past weeks and are in sheer awe of our healthcare workers. We’re so incredibly grateful for these men and women and their bravery in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. From doctors like Dr. Nermeen Botros who has been clocking more than 80 hours […]

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