Better ways found today: Greta, Pope, Aquaman, and toothpaste from Iceland

Starting today, TessDrive presents a daily summary of online finds, web discoveries that show us better ways to a better world. Ever so slowly, we’ll help you restore your faith in humanity.

‘Aquaman’ star urges climate action

Posted 6 days ago at Aussie-based SBS News was “Game of Thrones”, “Aquaman” and “Justice League” star Jason Momoa addressing a United Nations meeting dedicated to discussing the effects of global warming on small island developing states (SIDS) in New York.

Momoa, born in Hawaii, said, “Island nations contribute the least to this disaster, but are made to suffer the weight of its consequences.” He added that unity between countries was needed to address the “global crisis” before it is too late.

“If you continue to watch, unsympathetic to the issues of island nations, this realization will soon come; that you stood by and watched the world pass the critical tipping point, ushering the death of our planet,” he said, addressing the audience that included UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

Read the full story, and watch the video at the SBS News site (

Toothpaste boxes as useless waste

Meanwhile, Taron Puri’s Facebook video sheds a critical light on toothpaste boxes, asking the all-important question, “Why do toothpaste tubes need to be packaged in a box?”

The 2 minute, 12-second video explains why boxes are totally unnecessary, and gives as a shining example the country of Iceland that has done away with boxes and stuck with just the tubes. The video has gained over 1.8 million views and 46,000 shares. It also makes one wonder, shouldn’t this be also posted on YouTube? Pun intended.

Watch the out-of-the-box video at Taron Puri’s FB page

Pope throws support behind Greta Thunberg

Over at the online site of Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (“DW”), this story was posted over 6 months ago, but resonates anew in the light of teenage vegan climate warrior Greta Thunberg’s recent landmark visit to the United States and the scathing criticisms of her detractors and climate change deniers.

The story, titled “Pope tells Greta Thunberg to carry on her fight”, describes the brief exchange between Thunberg and Pope Francis at St. Peter’s Square.

The article quoted Thunberg as saying to the Pope, “Thank you for standing up for the climate and speaking the truth. It means a lot,” to which the latter replied, “God bless you, continue to work, continue. Go along, go ahead.”

It is no secret that Pope Francis has been urging world leaders to protect the environment and fight climate change. He has openly advocated for the reduction of fossil fuels and calling for the world to convert to clean energy.

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