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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Heroes of the Week: The Helpers

Heroes of the Week: The Helpers

This past week for those of us in the United States we’ve witnessed our lives screech to a halt within a matter of 7 days. As we watch the news–and especially the devastation happening in Italy–we see that the strain on our healthcare system is about to become exponentially worse. For instance, just yesterday evening, […]

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Hero of the Week: Oregon Governor Kate Brown

Hero of the Week: Oregon Governor Kate Brown

After Republicans in Oregon’s legislature didn’t show up for work (for the second time) inorder to avoid a vote on limiting statewide carbon emissions, Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown took matters into her own hands. She found a workaround–which would enable a state agency to set and enforce caps on pollution from industry and transportation fuels […]

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Heroes of The Week:  CDC’s Dr. Anne Schuchat and Dr. Nancy Messonnier – Truth Tellers On Coronavirus

Heroes of The Week: CDC’s Dr. Anne Schuchat and Dr. Nancy Messonnier – Truth Tellers On Coronavirus


It is women’s history month and so this week we salute two of the highest-ranking women doctors in the federal government who are working to contain the spread of the coronavirus and make sure we are prepared to deal with it here in the U.S.

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Hero of the Week: Katherine Johnson 1918-2020

Hero of the Week: Katherine Johnson 1918-2020


Katherine Johnson who was one of the finest NASA mathematicians of her time and whose calculations made possible the first U.S. crewed spaceflights, passed away at 101 on Monday. As the New York Times reported, “Mrs. Johnson was one of several hundred rigorously educated, supremely capable yet largely unheralded women who, well before the modern […]

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Hero of the Week: RADM Evelyn Fields, First African American and First Woman Admiral in NOAA Corps

Hero of the Week: RADM Evelyn Fields, First African American and First Woman Admiral in NOAA Corps

This week, in honor of Black History Month, are shining a spotlight on a trailblazing leader of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s uniformed service corps (the NOAA Corps) where she rose to the rank of Rear Admiral.  Admiral Fields was the first African-American woman to command a ship in the U.S. uniformed services (which includes the Navy and the Coast Guard) for an extended assignment when she took command of the NOAA research vessel McArthur in 1989.

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