There’s a body of evidence that suggests we have a lot to gain by consuming inspirational media. We’re not talking about cute puppy pics here – rather, those stories where the best of humanity shines through, like beachgoers working together to save a stranded whale, or someone selflessly stepping in to support someone else. Research tells us that around the globe people are wanting good news stories relating to the environment, innovation and political policy. Studies show these kinds of uplifting stories can induce feelings of love and gratitude among readers/viewers and even compel them to help those around them. There’s never been a more important time to grow your optimism.
Negative news, on the other hand, can have a detrimental effect – making us feel anxious and sad and amplifying our personal concerns. This is coming up a lot in coaching conversations we're having with leaders and parents. Consciously choosing what we consume is part of self-care and managing wellbeing.
This is why we love sharing positive stories with you. So sit back and enjoy our latest world tour of good news.
- In the US, an assortment of environmental decisions made by the Trump Administration are being overruled. These include banning the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which has been linked to neurodevelopmental problems and impaired brain function in children – preventing sand mining on beaches
protected by the Coastal Barrier Resources Act; and reintroducing protections for waterways and wetlands across the country.
- Medellín, Colombia’s second-largest city, is fighting climate change with natural solutions. Over the last few years, it has established 30 ‘green corridors’ along 18 roads and 12 waterways – planting 8,300 trees and 350,000 shrubs to create lush, shady and cool walkways and bike lanes. The project has reduced the city’s surface temperature by two- to three-degrees Celsius in some places, improving air quality and biodiversity in the process.
- Spain is saying adios to coal, with its last operating mine set to close in December. Just three years ago, the government signed an agreement to shut down the country’s coal industry, turning its attention instead to clean energy options. Most of its coal mines closed in December 2018, followed in July 2020 by the thermal power stations that had been burning this non-renewable, harmful resource. It goes to show that a lot can be done in a short space of time.
- Female literacy is on the rise throughout many of the 48 nations that make up sub-Saharan Africa. Today, the proportion of women who can read and write in this region is close to 60 per cent, which represents a 12 per cent increase over the past 20 years. The news is particularly significant for women aged 15–24, whose literacy rate sits at 72 per cent (now just seven percentage points lower than their male counterparts).
- In Taman Sari village, on the Indonesian island of Lombok, a team of Australian and Indonesian charity organisations have taken just six days to build Asia's first sustainable and earthquake-resistant school. Three years ago, an earthquake decimated the island – now, the new school has been built using ‘eco-blocks’, which are not only made from recycled plastic, but are designed to avoid fatal injuries in the event of another earthquake.
- Some of the world’s most beloved endangered species are fighting their way back from the brink of extinction. For the first time in 21 years, not one rhinoceros was poached in Kenya’s national parks in 2020. Giant pandas are no longer endangered (their wild population in China is currently 1,800-strong). And in Canada, conservationists are celebrating the discovery of a secret colony of Vancouver Island marmots: the country’s most endangered mammals.
- When you picture Britain’s River Thames, it’s not typically the marine life that springs to mind. But the Zoological Society of London’s 2021 seal survey indicates that the Greater Thames Estuary, which stretches from Deal in Kent to Felixstowe in Suffolk, is home to about 2,800 grey and 800 harbour seals. Not bad for a river that was declared biologically dead in the 1950s.
Have a wonderful week!
– The Coach Place Global
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