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Ten Billion Trees, Mosquito Nets and Giving Women an Equal Chance

About a year ago I decided I needed to hear more positive news. I was becoming overwhelmed by all the doom and gloom in the media. So I subscribed to several different news services that send positive messages into my inbox on a regular basis. Here are three things I’ve learned recently that make me hopeful.

TEN BILLION TREES

Boy Scouts in Pakistan planting trees- photo by Sarah Caron- Washington Post

In Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, citizens of every age and from every sector of society planted more than 20 different kinds of trees. The effort started in 2015 with a goal to plant a billion trees. That target was reached in 2018. So now Pakistan has a new goal this time for the whole country instead of just one province to plant 10 billion trees by 2023. Local communities have established plant nurseries to provide the trees. Pakistan has a history of deforestation. The tree-planting effort prevents soil erosion that causes dangerous landslides and also helps remove carbon from the air.

BEATING MALARIA

Rick Mercer a Canadian television personality has partnered with schools and universities to raise over 2 million dollars for treated bed nets to stop the spread of malaria in Africa. Here he poses with students at Balmoral Hall School in Winnipeg

In the last decade, twenty countries have gone from having major malaria outbreaks to being declared malaria-free by the World Health Organization. China is the latest country to receive the designation. The death rate from malaria worldwide has fallen by 60% and the number of cases by 36%. This is due to the widespread distribution of bed nets treated with insecticide and better drugs for helping malaria victims.

A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR WOMEN

MacKenzie Scott and Melinda French Gates- photo Associated Press

Melinda French Gates and MacKenzie Scott two of the richest women in the world have teamed up to donate 40 million dollars to organizations that promote gender equality. In addition, Melinda French Gates has promised the foundation she heads together with her former husband will give $2.1 billion over the next five years to advance gender equality worldwide. Research shows that gender equality decreases child poverty, stimulates the economy, reduces violence, improves the outcomes for racialized and marginalized groups in society, and creates safer and healthier communities.

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5 Pieces of Good News

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In 1966 there were only 10,000 humpback whales left in the world. Now there are 80,000.

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Four generations ago only 42% of the world’s young people saw racial diversity as a positive thing, now 62% do.

Britain’s woodland cover has returned to medieval levels.

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Finland leads the way in a global push to help school children learn to identify fake news through awareness, research and critical thinking.

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The number of women in occupations based in math, science, technology and engineering has gone up by 42% since 1970.

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Good News- Part 15

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Did you know that in 1930 only 18% of the countries in the world allowed women to vote? In 2020 that figure has changed to 99% of the countries in the world.  

It’s true. 

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Six Things That Help Me Stay Positive About Our World

It is easy to become despondent when one spends too much time reading all the troubling stories in the media. I am trying hard to look for the positive and make myself think about the positive instead. Here are six things I’m doing to help me maintain an optimistic outlook. 1. I have started a new series of posts on my blog where I draw a graphic and share some good news about our world.  I have found there is actually plenty of positive news to share.

Michelle Obama visits with children at a Child Development Centre in North Carolina

2. On my Twitter newsfeed I have decided to follow politicians and columnists and opinion writers whose policies and plans give me hope that humanity is headed towards becoming a more compassionate place where we take care of each other and the natural world. People like Alexandra Ocasio- Cortez and Elizabeth Warren, Melinda Gates and Michelle Obama and Canada’s Arlene Dickinson and  Elizabeth May 

3. I have tried to write blog posts that highlight positive things happening in our world.

4. I get a newsletter in my inbox each week called The Optimist a perk of my Washington Post subscription.  It highlights positive hopeful stories the paper has run in the last week.

5. I continue to pray hopefully each night for an end to violence and poverty in our world. I donate time and money to organizations that promote those causes in a variety of ways. 

Visiting a daycare  in Runaway Bay Jamaica

6. I spend as much time as I can around children- observing them, talking with them and trying to help them, my own grandchildren, the children I give tours to at the art gallery, the children in the classrooms I visit in my job as a university supervisor, the children at my church, the children at the library, the children in my neighborhood, the children I encounter on my travels. Knowing we need to make our world a better place for them, seeing their hopefulness and trust makes me want to be more positive. 

What do you do to try and stay positive? 

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Good News – Part 1

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