By Sara Horan and Lucy Samuelson
We are currently over 120 days into the Trump Administration and right now, everything seems dark and miserable. But before we give up hope and curl up into a little and cry, here are 10 nice things that happened over the past few years.
1. Crime rates are dropping
Statistics show that crimes rates in the USA are significantly lower than in the 80’s and 90’s. Researchers say that it is less likely someone will be a victim of a crime in this decade than any other society in history.
2. The Wild Tiger population is increasing
Thanks to protected areas and conservations, the tiger population has increased for the first time in 100 years. The population has increased by an estimate of 3,900 tigers.
3. Sweden is working to being 100% energy efficient
In 2015, Sweden was running on 57% renewable energy and now they have made it a goal to only use 100% renewable energy sources by 2040.
4. Extreme poverty has reached a record low
World Bank states that extreme poverty will fall down to less than 10% making it the lowest extreme poverty rate ever. This was a huge improvement as the world’s extreme poverty rate in 1990 was 37.1% and in 2015, 9.6%.
5. The Ozone layer is slowly repairing itself
A BBC news article states that a panel of United Nations scientists believe the ozone layer is slowly repairing itself. They say the main reason it is repairing is that certain chemicals, found in aerosol cans, were phased out in the 1980’s. Now we just have to do something about the Global warming problem!
6. Mother to child HIV transmissions is now non-existent in Cuba
Cuba became the first country in the world to reduce mother-to-child HIV and other STI’s as of 2015. “Eliminating transmission of a virus is one of the greatest public health achievements possible” Said Dr Margaret Chan.
7. Child mortality is at its lowest in history
According to statistics, 12.7 million children died under the age of 5 but in 2013, the number was lowered to 6.3million children and 2015 was down to 5.9 million. This number is expected to decrease for the upcoming years.
8. Meghan Vogel carried her competitor across the finish line
In 2012, during a 3,200m race, Arden McMath collapsed in front of Meghan Vogel and she helped her up and carried her to the finish line at a state sports carnival in Ohio.
9. Cyclists stopped and gave water to a thirsty koala
In Adelaide, 2009, a bunch of cyclists were stopped by a thirsty Koala and gave it a drink.
Let’s face it. We all need this after all the terrible events of this year.
Even though it seems like the world is falling around us. It is important to think about the positive side of the world. Share this article with anyone who needs to smile right now.