It’s been a while since I shared one of these blogs. I guess for the past few months I’ve been holding the news and much of the general internet at a distance. Too much indulgence fills me with sadness and terror now that the Trumpkin-faced idiot is ruling the world, with no regard for the environment amongst a long list of awful things he is unleashing on us. And with Article 50 officially invoked here in the UK, it seems our greatest achievement right now as a nation is the fact we’re not America. I now loosely keep up to date with the news, still at a slight distance, but I don’t let the details overwhelm me. It’s a necessary trick as an environmental campaigner.
But depressing you was not the aim of this blog! Despite my dark moments of late, I always come back to realise that we cannot give up, that are far more good people than bad in this world and good things still and will happen. I heard someone say recently that much of the change we fight for now might not arrive for a long time but it is happening and that’s just more reason to keep going.
The opposition all over the world to Trump has at least shown one thing to me, just how much we care and that I need not feel alone in the battle. It’s up to us to not lose hope and (as mentioned below) to not just smother our fears and actions in anger. It’s also up to us to find common ground, not division, to learn how it feels to stand in someone else’s shoes. Because that’s one of the challenges that has caused a lot of this mess.
So here’s some of the reads I’ve come across in the past few months on the good news that has slipped off the radar and some great articles on how we can all help make the world a better place.
- A brilliant article highlighting the many many good things we achieved in 2016, well worth a read if you need some cheering up.
- We’ve begun to see the first few signs that the Antarctic Ozone layer is healing.
- Living alongside carnivores isn’t all bad for locals. Cougars can actually save lives by lowering the number of vehicle collisions with deer.
- According to a study vegetarian blood is 8x better at killing cancer cells, so giving up meat has another benefit to add to the list!
- Everyone knows wind turbines are expensive and kill birds right? Wrong (at least not to the extent everyone believes)! Here’s a couple of blogs that help to dispel these myths.
- One of my fave charities 10:10 has a constantly updating roundup of good news regarding renewables. It really is happening whether Trump and his ilk like it or not.
- The amazing story of how a teenager is changing the world, one tree at a time.
How to make the world a better place
- This article talks about a psychological study that shows you can turn people green as long as you show how it helps their own goals, and it’s pretty easy to do.
- It’s easy to lash out in anger (I’ve certainly resorted to this a lot recently!) at everything that’s happening in the world today, however, it’s not healthy or proactive in making a difference.
- It’s natural for many of us to take the high ground when we feel slighted by government and others’ opinions but we really should avoid moral superiority if we want to influence people and things for the better
- A useful comic highlighting what we should think about when we judge others, perhaps one to share with the ‘oh they just don’t work hard enough’ naysayer you know.
- A great short TED talk on how to have better political conversations when talking to those who might not agree with you
- And some useful tips for keeping the outrage that will motivate you to help but not letting it overwhelm you
I hope that’s helped to make you all feel a little better about the state of the world and renewed hope to continue standing up for what’s right.
Update: WordPress just told me this is my 50th blog post! Wow, how did that happen? Another reason to celebrate!