In 2019, we’ve seen a lot of stories make headlines throughout the world. From the support against the burning of Amazon rainforests to the climate strikes led by teen activist Greta Thunberg, the year was charged with energy where we all wanted to make the world a better place.
But did you know that there were a lot of ways in which the world already became better in 2019?
Here are 10 new stories from across the world in 2019 about a positive change made for life on earth. Some of these may surprise you!
Ethiopia planted more than 350 million trees in a day, setting a new world record. This was done to battle against deforestation and the negative effects of climate change in Ethiopia, which is prone to droughts.
Galapagos tortoise came back from extinction after 100 years. These animals were considered to be extinct, but a female tortoise was spotted on the Galapagos island after 113 years!
Villages in Vadodara are turning farm waste into ayurvedic medicines. Instead of burning farm waste, that can cause pollution, nine villages in Vadodara are using this waste to make ayurvedic medicines.
A 14-year old boy from Himachal Pradesh built a smart-dustbin. With an in-built sensor, this dustbin can identify if there is litter around it and beeps the message, “Use me”.
Israel formed an alliance with it’s neighboring countries around the Red Sea to save the world’s coral reefs. These countries will study the coral reefs in the Red Sea and try to form a plan to save the coral reefs around the world against bleaching effects.
Gaolpara in Assam built India’s first plastic roads. This region in Assam has a scarcity of traditional road-building materials. So instead, they used recycled plastic to build their roads!
Scientists made a breakthrough in finding a cure for diabetes. Scientists have been able to make insulin-producing cells in the lab which is a huge step forward in finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
NASA successfully conducted the world’s first all-woman spacewalk. American astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir made history by completing the first all-woman spacewalk with a completely female crew.
India’s tiger population increased by 33% in four years. There are now 3000 tigers living in India. This accounts for 70% of the world’s tiger population!
Farmers in Chhattisgarh found an eco-friendly way to grow mushrooms. Instead of burning paddy straws, farmers are using them to grow mushrooms and later converting them to vermicompost.
With so many good things happening all around the world, now is the time for us to gear up to bring about a positive change in the world! If we put our hearts and minds to a cause, bit by bit, we all can make a difference.
What is one positive change you would like to bring out in the world in 2020?
Deepthi is an ambivert who is on a steady diet of good food, filter coffee, and self-improvement. Being an ardent reader, storytelling has been her first love and she enjoys exploring how to convey stories compellingly. Having studied psychology and experienced the learning and development field, Deepthi is driven to understand human behavior and to know what makes each of us unique. You are most likely to find her tucked into a cozy corner at a local cafe with a Kindle or a book in hand. If you find her there, stop by and say hello, she'd be eager to learn your story too. Until then, you can ping her at firstname.lastname@example.org for anything you may like to share.
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