9 Positive Things Which Took Place During the Pandemic
Let’s be honest: 2020 was somewhat of a disappointing year. February came and the coronavirus pandemic put most things to a halt.
Unemployment skyrocketed worldwide, more and more businesses began to close and incidents of police brutality continued throughout the United States.
However, amid pressures, glimmers of hope shone through sparking positive change. Below, we rounded up the top 9 positive things that happened during the pandemic.
Daniel Kaluuya, Became the First Black British Actor to Win The Academy Award
Hailed for his 'Best Supporting Role' award, Actor Daniel Kaluuya made history after winning the Academy Award at the 2021 Oscars. The first non-white London-born actor to win the award in the show's 93-year history for playing Chairman Fred Hampton in Judas and The Black Messiah.
Genetic Engineering Set to Revive the American Chestnut Tree
In the early 20th century, a blight wiped out approximately four billion chestnut trees that once grew across the eastern United States, from Maine to Georgia.
Eventually, Scientists signed an agreement with the Cherokee Nation allowing for the eventual planting of genetically engineered American chestnut trees on tribal land. How great is that? What a beautiful way to give back to the Earth.
Africa is Finally Declared Free From Polio
Declared free from wild polio by the independent body, the Africa Regional Certification Commission, Africa has successfully prevented up to 1.8 million children from crippling life-long paralysis and saved approximately 180,000 lives. This is truly a momentous milestone for the continent of Africa.
Giant Pandas are No Longer Classified as Endangered
Downgraded to 'vulnerable' on the global list of species at risk of extinction, pandas no longer being classified as endangered proves that conservation efforts are working providing hope for other threatened wildlife. Decades of dedicated effort are now paying off!
Congo Discharged its Last Ebola Patient
In early March, the last Ebola patient from the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was discharged from a treatment centre in early March - a huge step in the fight against the country's resurgence of the disease in history.
People of India Used Social Media Positively to Help Those in Need
We have seen the beauty of humanity and the positive side of using social media with people in India arranging oxygen, plasma, machines etc. for those in need.
Our Life Expectancy Increased
Medicine has never been as advanced. Further, life expectancy has increased worldwide from 66.8 years to 73.4 years with more and more people even reaching their 100th birthday. Attitudes towards our impact on the environment are also changing in a positive direction.
Period Poverty: Scotland Became the First Country in the World to Make Period Products Free
A 2019 study of low-income American women found that nearly two-thirds of women surveyed did not have the resources to buy menstrual hygiene products at some point during the past year.
Inadequate access to menstrual hygiene tools, known as 'Period poverty,' is a problem impacting women worldwide.
The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill passed in November 2020, ensures that tampons and sanitary towels are free for all living in Scotland. Further, schools and colleges must make period products free for all students and public places must do the same.
The bill introduced by Scottish Labour Politician, Monica Lennon MSP said it was a "practical and progressive" piece of legislation made all the more vital because of the coronavirus pandemic.
"Periods don't stop for pandemics and the work to improve access to essential tampons, pads and reusables have never been more important," she continued.
People Worldwide United to Protest Against Police Brutality and Racial Injustice
Following the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, protests arose in nearly all major cities across the United States extending to more than 60 countries in support of the Black Lives Matter movement against racial injustice and police brutality shaking the world.
With large demonstrations taking place in the United Kingdom, Turkey, South Korea, New Zealand and elsewhere, while activists in the U.S. received some pretty major wins highlighting the power of speaking up, stepping out and uniting as one.
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