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2019 Year in Review: Making a Difference

To recap 2019, is taking a look back at some of the most interesting stories we’ve covered this year.
Today we’re looking at some stories of people and groups making a difference in the world.

Lego Makes Braille Bricks to Help Blind Students

A child's hand reaches for a Braille Lego brick.
In April, Lego announced a new project with its famous bricks: the company is making Braille bricks to help blind students learn to read, write, and do math.

The Plastic Bank – Treating Plastic Like Money

Plastic Bank market, Haiti.
David Katz was upset by all the plastic going into the oceans. To help solve the problem, he had an unusual idea – to treat plastic like money. Mr. Katz calls his idea the “Plastic Bank”.

Ethiopia Plants 3.5 Million Trees

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed plants a tree as part of the Green Legacy project.
On July 29, the government of Ethiopia said the country planted more than 350 million trees in 12 hours as part of a project called “Green Legacy”. The government believes its tree-planting effort has set a world record.

LessWalk Brings Bikes to Students in Myanmar

Biking to school in Myanmar.
A program in Myanmar called LessWalk has found a creative way to provide free bikes to students who travel a long way on foot every day to get to school.

Ocean Cleanup Device Is Now Collecting Plastic

Plastic collected in the cork line of the Ocean Cleanup's System 001/B
Over a year ago, a group called Ocean Cleanup began using a huge floating screen to try to clean up plastic pollution in the ocean. After several failures, the group is now collecting plastic.

Airline KLM Asks People To Think Before Flying

The words "Fly Responsibly" super-imposed on an idyllic nature scene.
As pressure grows worldwide to deal with the climate crisis, the airline KLM has taken the unusual step of suggesting that travelers should think twice before booking a flight with the airline.

4 Million Join Global Climate Strike

Climate protesters take action in Hamburg, Germany on September 20, 2019.
On Friday, people around the world took part in a Global Climate Strike that is believed to be the largest climate protest in history. Event organizers say around 4 million people took part.



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