What if we focused on a 3:1 positive bias and realized that we are living in a golden age, where one person can literally make a difference anywhere in the world.
Breaking "GOOD" news. While all social networks are full of hate and negativity, I will dissolve them with pleasant news and facts.
The world isn't that bad when we look back.
1. Norway leads the fight against fossil fuels.
The Norwegians have decided not to drill oil wells on the Lofoten Islands (with $53,000,000,000 in oil reserves) to preserve the island's ecosystem.
The Lofoten islands, with their fjords that create stunning landscapes made of blue waters towered by majestic mountains home to coloured fishing villages, are considered a unique ecosystem. Their waters give shelter and attract one of the world’s highest concentrations of cetaceans, while its peaks are one of Europe’s largest nesting areas for sea birds.
Alongside the biodiversity found nowhere else on the Planet, the Lofoten islands appear to be rich in oil sediments: 1 to 3 billion barrels of crude oil are estimated to behold in the archipelago’s pristine waters.
2. Malawi Empowers Female Leadership
For the first time in Malawi history, a woman has been elected as the speaker of the country's parliament.
Speaker Gotani Hari replaces Karonga Nyungwe Richard Msowoya who also belonged to the main opposition Malawi Congress Party, MCP, where he was at the time its vice president.
3. Women enabled to be educated, not just married
Esther Challenge cancelled 1500 marriages with underage girls and sent them back to school.
Girls like Nafissa* (not her real name), from Niger.
"I stopped (going to) school in order to marry," says the young teen, "It was because of people’s mentality and their prejudices. I was married during a school break and, before I could return, I became pregnant. After that, I never returned."
Child marriage deeply affects child brides, their children, their families, and even countries. Ending it is a target under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Indeed, child marriage will cost developing countries trillions of dollars by 2030, according to a new report by the World Bank Group and the International Center for Research on Women.
4. Sweden understands that Blood Connects Us All
Swedish donors receive a thank you text, every time their blood saves people.
Arvid, aged 40, is now a veteran blood donor. He has given blood 26 times since he was 19 years old. He is so comfortable giving blood that he now takes his little son, Assar, along to the blood bank.
"I was at home the first time I got the thank-you SMS. It felt good and made me happy. It is really nice to get a confirmation that your blood is used," he explains. When asked what he would say to others about giving blood, he says simply, "I think it is a natural thing to do – if you are able to, you should."
5. Endangered species act is reversing the 6th Mass Extinction.
Thanks to the endangered species law, the almost endangered amount of sea turtles has risen by 980%.
Study: 77 Percent of Marine Mammals, Sea Turtles Recovering Under Endangered Species Act
6. Thailand chooses nature over plastic
Thai supermarkets gave up plastic bags and started wrapping their purchases in banana leaves.
Of the 9 billion tonnes of plastic ever produced, only 9% has been recycled. This, along with projections of rapidly increased plastic manufacturing, has led to global attention to single-use plastics.
The United Nations Environment Programme estimates that by 2050 there will be 12 billion tonnes of plastic in landfills, the environment, and oceans. Of this waste, cigarette butts, plastic drinking bottles, food wrappers, and plastic grocery bags are the biggest contributors.
7. The Netherlands understands that we were never seperate from nature.
The Netherlands became the first country without stray dogs.
Netherlands (14 November 2020) – The World Health Organisation estimates there are around 200 million stray dogs worldwide. However, the Netherlands is not contributing to this statistic as it has become the first country in the world without any stray dogs!
It sounds unbelievable but it’s true! The Netherlands has managed to completely eradicate stray dogs… and the amazing news is they did it without euthanasia.
But how did the Netherlands manage to get this right?
There were many different contributing factors but the country allows its residents to spay and neuter their dogs for free! The country’s “adopt, don’t shop” mentality is further supported with very high taxes on bought puppies which pushes people to adopt from one of 200 dog shelters.
8. South Korea gets it. Connection and music are medicine!
South Korea organizes dance parties for people after 65 years. To fight dementia and loneliness;
A daytime disco for over-65s in the Korean capital Seoul is giving seniors a new lease of life. The event is the first of its kind organized by the local government and aims to tackle loneliness and dementia in a rapidly aging country.
9. Rome Incentives Recycling, Rather than Penalising
In Rome, you can pay for a ticket in the subway using plastic bottles. Thus 350,000 bottles have already been collected.
Commuters who use public transport in Rome can now exchange their used plastic bottles with metro or bus tickets.
People can simply insert a plastic bottle into the machine to receive the ticket on their smartphones through an app. The "+Ricicli +Viaggi" (recycle and travel) program offers five cents for each bottle. Commuters were lining up in front of the machines, which debuted in three metro stations only.
10. USA promotes pet rescue over retail animals
California limits the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in stores so people can take pets from shelters.
Retail pet stores in California will only be able to sell kittens, rabbits, and puppies if they come from a rescue organization after a new state law goes into effect Tuesday.
11. Ancient Wisdom making a Reserugrence in Asia
Rice farmers around the world are starting to use duck fields instead of pesticides. Ducks eat insects and pinch weeds without touching rice;
Farmers in China, Japan, Indonesia, Iran, and France are beginning to return to ancient methods of rice farming using more birds and fewer pesticides.
“Back in the 1970s, there were no chemical pesticides and synthetic nitrogen fertilizers in the village,” says Tang, one of the first participants in Liu’s rice-duck farming program. Tang said his family used to enrich the soil with composts and make pesticides out of herbs. “Ducks also helped a lot, by eating or crushing snails. At that time, insect attacks were barely a concern,” he recalled.
12. One person can make a difference in Canada
Canada has passed a law banning the use of dolphins in the entertainment industry.
It started with one person/small group standing up for animals without a voice. On December 17, 2019 - LCA filed a complaint with the Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General against Marineland Canada based on performances of cetaceans (i.e., whale, dolphin, or porpoise).
The complaint was filed after the passage of Bill S-203 received Royal Assent on June 21, 2019, which led to the creation of new animal cruelty provisions in the Criminal Code of Canada.
In a landmark victory for marine mammals—on June 10, 2019, Bill S-203 overwhelmingly passed its third reading in the Canadian House of Commons! The bill, which bans the breeding, capture, and confinement of cetaceans, was signed into law on June 21, 2019 after receiving Royal Assent.
13. Holland gives honeybees a gift as a thank you for all they do for us.
Bee Bus stop: Holland sows roof hundreds of bus stops with flowers and plants - specifically for bees.
The roofs of hundreds of bus stops have been covered in plants as a gift to the honeybee, by a city in the Netherlands.
Mainly made up of sedum plants, a total of 316 have been covered in greenery in Utrecht. The shelters not only support the city’s biodiversity, such as honey bees and bumblebees, but they also help capture fine dust and store rainwater.
The roofs are looked after by workers who drive around in electric vehicles, and the bus stops have all been fitted with energy-efficient LED lights and bamboo benches.
14. Iceland embodies equality in action, not just words.
Iceland became the first country in the world to legalize equal wages for men and women.
Iceland has made it a criminal offense for employers not to take action on unequal pay. They’ve effectively made it like a health and safety violation – Daphne Romney QC
15. Germany Promotes Entertainment without animal cruelty
German circus instead of animals use their holograms to stop the exploitation of animals in the circus;
Circus Roncalli was in founded in 1976. It uses 11 high-tech projectors to fill an arena measuring 32 meters (105 feet) wide and five meters (16 feet) deep with a 360° view with holographic animals, which are highly realistic and clear from all angles. The shows currently involve projections of elephants, horses, and goldfish.
Its founders, Bernhard Paul and André Heller used real-life animals up until 2017 according to professional circus network Circus Talk. However, since the nineties, the circus has slowly been phasing animals out from its shows, as it says its main focus has always been on clowns, acrobats, and poetic acts anyway.
16. Australia starts to help rebuild the reefs we destroyed
The underwater robot LarvalBot grooms the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef with microscopic corals that have been cultivated specifically for ecosystem restoration
The climate is changing faster than many species can adapt, so scientists are trying to speed up evolution by fostering the spread of creatures who can take the heat. Think of it as a natural selection with a little boost from humans—or, in some cases, robots.
To that end, Australian scientists Peter Harrison and Matthew Dunbabin recently teamed up for a world-first field experiment. A robot Dunbabin designed carried coral larvae that Harrison had gathered and dispersed them on part of the Great Barrier Reef.
What makes these larvae unique and the groundbreaking experiment especially promising is that they are heat-tolerant, meaning they not only can survive but flourish, in warmer waters.
17. Sweden sees and supports the unknown mental health burden
To reduce the number of suicides, Sweden organized the world's first psychiatric ambulance
Even in the richest countries in the world, it’s difficult for people who suffer mental health problems to get proper care and treatment - especially in emergencies.
Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, has launched an emergency response team solely for people in severe mental health or behavioral distress - situations that were traditionally handled by the police.
The vehicle is staffed by two specialized psychiatric nurses and a paramedic from 3pm to 1am every day. In its first year of operation, the ambulance responded to 1,580 callouts.
18. Nearly 5000 people line up to save 1 child
4855 people stood in line for hours in the rain to test stem cells to save a five year old boy's life;
A record-breaking 4,855 people queued for hours in the rain to be tested to see if they were a match to help save the life of Oscar Saxelby-Lee.
DKMS, a charity that tests stem cell swabs, said its previous record for the highest number of people to take part in a registration event was 2,200 people.
19. India celebrates every female born with 111 trees
An Indian village celebrates the birth of each girl by planting 111 trees. 350,000 trees have already been planted so far
In many parts of India, baby boys are favored over girls, who—due to the dowry system—can be seen as a financial burden on families. But the people of Piplantri are fighting this prejudice.
In Piplantri, villagers celebrate the birth of their girls by planting 111 trees for each infant. The ritual began after Shyam Sunder Paliwal lost his teenage daughter, Kiran, and planted a tree in her honor.
Today, he is leading the charge to ensure the girls of Piplantri are protected from harm and educated so they can grow up to be independent and self-sufficient. The trees are now becoming a source of beauty, sustenance and growth for the girls and the village as a whole
20. Whales, with trees, are our best carbon capture solutions - Someone let Elon Musk know.
Thanks to the ban on humpback whale hunting, their population has grown from several hundred to 25,000
A population of humpback whales in the South Atlantic has rebounded from the brink of extinction.
Intense pressure from the whaling industry in the 20th century saw the western South Atlantic population of humpbacks diminish to only 450 whales. It is estimated that 25,000 whales were caught over approximately 12 years in the early 1900s.
21. The Netherlands is Co-creating enabling environments for birds
The Netherlands has built five artificial islands specifically for the preservation of birds and plants. Two years later, there are already 30,000 birds living there, and 127 plant species are growing.
Singapore built an island for business. The Netherlands built something for animals.
A new artificial archipelago of five islands will be developed on the Markermeer lake in Netherland by the Dutch to bring nature back to the area. It will be a typical engineering project for a low-lying country.
According to Andre Donker, a Dutch ranger, it is one of the largest rewilding operations in Europe.
22. China and India leading a greener future.
NASA satellites recorded the world becoming greener than 20 years ago
The world is literally a greener place than it was 20 years ago, and data from NASA satellites has revealed a counterintuitive source for much of this new foliage: China and India. A new study shows that the two emerging countries with the world's biggest populations are leading the increase in greening on land.
NASA has some good news, the world is a greener place today than it was 20 years ago. What prompted the change? Well, it appears China and India can take the majority of the credit.
In contrast to the perception of China and India's willingness to overexploit land, water, and resources for economic gain, the countries are responsible for the largest greening of the planet in the past two decades. The two most populous countries have implemented ambitious tree planting programs and scaled up their implementation and technology around agriculture.
23. More people are choosing to live!
Since 1994, the number of suicides has fallen by 38%. It saved about four million lives
SUICIDE is declining almost everywhere. Globally, the rate has fallen by 38% from its peak in 1994. As a result, over 4m lives have been saved—more than four times as many people as were killed in combat over the period. The decline has happened at different rates and different times in different parts of the world.
What we focus on expands. We have a 3:1 negative bias in our mind, pre-preprogrammed to promote self-preservation and survival. What if we focused on a 3:1 positive bias and realized that we are living in a golden age, where one person can literally make a difference anywhere in the world.
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