So much happened this past year that is was almost enough to send you hiding in a corner, curled up in a fetal position, there were also some hopeful and monumental moments to make you feel all is not lost.
140 Nations agree to discuss terms for “Paris Agreement for the Ocean”
Oceans around the world continue to be battered by ominous problems such as trash, overfishing, and poor management policies. It’s a good thing that 140 countries from all corners of the world have signaled their willingness to talk and actually do something about these challenges. Under the Paris Agreement for the Ocean, these nations have agreed to participate in talks to come up with common positive practices to help protect these areas.
Indian train passenger uses Twitter to save 26 girls from traffickers
When Adarsh Shrivastava took a train ride in North India, he spotted 26 teenage girls who looked distressed (little did he know at the time that these girls were being transported by traffickers). Disturbed by what he saw, he sent a Tweet to the railroad staff. Within 1 hour, railroad police in disguise boarded the train and eventually rescued these young women. Many people commended Shrivastava for his prompt action — and for harnessing the power of Social Media for good.5
France ends use of all five bee-killing pesticides
Studies have shown that there is a connection between the use of pesticides and declining bee populations. In response to this worrying trend, France has stepped up and announced that it will start banning the use of all five pesticides that have been linked to decreasing bee populations. As a United Nations (UN) report notes that roughly 75% of crops worldwide are reliant on bee populations, it is obvious that it is in everyone’s best interest to keep bees healthy and thriving. Vive la France!
Population without electricity has fallen below 1 billion, according to International Energy Agency
Access to electricity makes our lives more convenient and allows us to perform our tasks in a more cost-effective manner. The good news is that, according to the International Energy Agency, in 2018 the number of people with no access to electricity has gone down to less than 1 billion. This, of course, is regarded to have a positive impact on the global economy, development of culture, and quality of life of inhabitants.
Reports show that the wild tiger population in Nepal has doubled
Good news for Nepalese tigers and the tireless efforts of conservationists to keep the country’s wild tiger population on a more a stable level. A 2018 report indicated that in the past decade the number of wild tigers in the country has doubled. The news was met with appreciation, partly because this shows that the right mix of political will and appropriate conservation strategies can lead to a successful campaign to preserve endangered species.