This Week in GOOD

It goes without saying that today is a day that needs to be remembered. Perhaps the best way to do so is to offer some form of kindness to a...

It goes without saying that today is a day that needs to be remembered. Perhaps the best way to do so is to offer some form of kindness to a stranger this weekend. In the mean time, here's a look at the last few days at GOOD.The abbreviated week commenced with a profile of New York City's alluring, oddball mayoral candidate, Reverend Billy, and a look Joe Berlinger's new film, Crude, which delves into the complexities of the Amazonian Chernobyl. It continued with a graphic exploration of world literacy, a moment of make-believe brain sharing, and the announcement of a new GOOD contest (the deadline is September 30).We went on to investigate the potential of algae as fuel, one of the nation's disappearing societies, and the question of how to increase comfort while navigating uncertainty. We also mined The Simpsons for political insight, talked to Doug Pray about Art and Copy, and began counting down the days to COP15.If you haven't already, check out a cool take on the common value of sharing, some civic lessons from the GOV 2.0 Summit, the English language's most istan-y new suffix, and a new version of an old dessert.Photo via The Big Picture.
via International Monetary Fund / Flickr and Streetsblog Denver / Flickr

Seventeen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg made a dramatic speech Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

In her address, she called for a public and private sector divestment from fossil fuel companies

"Immediately end all fossil fuel subsidies and immediately and completely divest from fossil fuels. We don't want these things done by 2050, or 2030 or even 2021 — we want this done now," she said.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin mocked the teenager on Thursday during a press briefing in Davos.

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Even though marathon running is on the decline, half a million people signed up to participate in the 2020 London Marathon. It seems wild that someone would voluntarily sign up to run 26.2 miles, but those half a million people might actually be on to something. A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that running a marathon can help reverse signs of aging.

Researchers at Barts and University College London looked at 138 first-time marathon runners between the ages of 21 and 69. "We wanted to look at novice athletes. We didn't include people who said they ran for more than two hours a week," Dr. Charlotte Manisty, the study's senior author and cardiologist at University College London, said per CNN.

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via David Leavitt / Twitter and RealTargetTori / Twitter

Last Friday, GOOD reported on an infuriating incident that went down at a Massachusetts Target.

A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

He describes himself as a "multimedia journalist who has worked for CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and others."

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