With all of the recent negativity and tragedy portrayed in the media, coupled with the mountain of stress that comes with school work, it is important to remember that good things are still happening in the world, whether we realize it or not. Below you will find a list of positive events that have occurred recently that will hopefully restore your faith in humanity and give you some reason to smile today.
- Environment secretary Michael Gove has announced that the United Kingdom will support a ban on bee harming pesticides in Europe. Save the bees!
- The Human Library, an international project to help dissolve prejudices, has spread to over 80 countries. Through the human library, people get the opportunity to talk to other people who have different backgrounds and experiences so that they can get rid of their biases and stereotypes.
- Norway FA has agreed to pay their male and female players the same amount. To do this, the male players have pledged to contribute a part of their commercial earnings to the female players in order to overcome the difference in their earnings.
- Ryan Yasin used a durable, lightweight fabric and techniques he learned when studying aeronautical engineering to create clothes that will grow as a child grows. The clothes can physically expand to fit a growing toddler!
- The Spanish Honor Society raised $570.55 to donate to hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and Mexico. French Club and French Honor Society raised around $1000 to donate to a Haitian orphanage. Interact raised money to change the lives of refugees!
- LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, detected the collision of neutron stars for the first time ever, providing further evidence as to how the heavier elements in the universe were made.
- European doctors used gene therapy to grow sheets of healthy skin to save a boy who had a genetic disease (junctional epidermolysis bullosa) that destroyed most of his skin.
- Women’s Cross Country won 2A States! Our theater department won many awards and is heading to the NCTC State Competition!!
- Industrial designer Doug Dietz partnered with GE Healthcare and the University of Pittsburgh Hospital to create MRI scanners that would excite children instead of scaring them. He made them look more friendly with thematic and imaginative decorations.
- Double amputee, Rob Jones, finished running 31 marathons in 31 days in 31 major cities in order to raise money for veterans and to raise awareness of veteran issues. Over the course of these 31 days, he raised $135,000 for veterans’ groups!
These are just a few things, but there are so many out there! Despite all the bad things happening in the world, there are still so many good things! When you’re in the dark, seek out the light! Find the good things and stay positive!