In amongst all the depressing news last week, the UN gave an award to David Attenborough – Champion of the Earth. It was a lovely recognition of all that he has done to advocate caring for our environment, and in his acceptance speech, he talked about the resurgence of whales, as an illustration of the value of continuing to campaign to reverse the damage we have previously done.
He pointed out that the population of whales had been devastated by hunting, yet now there are more than there have ever been in our lifetime.
It reminded me that we need to find reasons to be optimistic, and that things change for the better over a long period – it doesn’t happen overnight as a rule.
So, reasons to be optimistic:
- We have all got better at recycling and re-using
- Many have reduced their meat eating and turned to vegetarian options
- The war in Ukraine is forcing countries to look at becoming more self-sufficient in energy, and work harder on developing green energy options
- Younger generations are more aware of environmental concerns than most of us were when I was young
- And on a different note, our governments may not be good, but their behaviour is now exposed for all to know
And I know there are more!
So let’s keep doing what we can to keep these trends going, and encourage others to do the same, because change for the better does happen.
When so many dire things are happening right now, it’s vital to find reasons to be optimistic.