Not-so-fun fact: sensationalist stories account for around 95 per cent of media headlines. With such an obvious bias towards negative news, it’s no wonder many of us have a warped (dare we say pessimistic) view of the world! That’s why today we want to feed your head and heart with positive narratives instead. Here are five that have recently taken our fancy:
- With 2022 marking the Lunar Year of the Tiger, it’s only fitting we shine the spotlight on these magnificent big cats, who are finally reversing a century-long trend of population decline. A recent report from the World Wildlife Fund
(WWF) has highlighted the conservation work that’s been happening since the last Year of the Tiger in 2012, when 13 ‘tiger countries’ established a plan (known as TX2) to repopulate the species. Achievements include the designation of the world’s largest tiger-protected area in China; the creation of the Land of the Leopard National Park in Russia, where tiger numbers have tripled; and the doubling of tiger numbers in Bhutan. It’s estimated there are now 3,900 tigers living in the wild, up from around 3,000 at the start of the project.
- We’ve spoken before about animal food courts, but conservationists around the world are now ramping up efforts to construct wildlife corridors, with the goal of relinking habitats that have been fragmented by humans. Here in Australia, a number of bridges and tunnels have been built to help native species, like koalas, avoid roads and other obstacles; meanwhile, Banff National Park in Canada has the most animal crossings in the world, with 38 underpasses and six overpasses reducing wildlife kills by around 80 per cent.
- Taking a different focus, death is a topic most people don’t like to discuss, but in some parts of the world, such conversations are becoming more common. The ‘death cafe’ concept began in the UK around a decade ago, with instigators creating safe spaces for people to discuss one of life’s great unknowns. It’s now a global movement – 10,000 meetings were held in 70 countries over the past 10 years – and hosts have seen a spike in interest during the pandemic. While this might not be your typical good news story, any effort to make people feel more comfortable with their mortality is a win in our books.
- You’ve no doubt heard of Dry July, but have you ever given Veganuary a go? This annual event encourages people to switch to a plant-based diet throughout January, in a bid to cut down on animal farming, improve health and lower our reliance on food production methods that damage the environment. This year, almost 630,000 people from 228 countries and territories took part, making it the biggest Veganuary on record.
- And finally, Belgian workers have been granted the right to disconnect, with a new law coming into effect that frees public sector employees from answering phone calls or emails outside of work hours. This has all come about thanks to a recent spike in burnout rates and stress, caused by an ‘always-on’ mentality among workers. Here’s hoping the rest of the world (us included) follows Belgium’s lead soon.
Enjoy your week!
– The Coach Place Global
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