Sometimes we listen to the news and the fear mongers too much and feel everything is terrible. In the words of a children’s story, “the sky is falling”. But while the news media and politicians focus on negatives for their own purposes, there are good things happening.
62.8 million volunteers work to improve things in America. They provide 7.9 billion hours of service a year.
More than one half of Americans donate $25 or more to charity.
141 billionaires have pledged to give away half of their wealth to charity through the “Giving Pledge”.
According to Forbes the world’s largest ocean cleanup has officially begun.
Adopt a Stream cleanup programs are gaining volunteers.
10 more wild animals have been removed from the endangered species list.
- southern white rhinoceros
- panda bear
- chatham petrel
- Yellowstone grizzly bear
- Arabian oryx
- gray wolf
- stellar sea lion
- gray whale
- snow leopard
- northern brown kiwi
Also in spite of fear mongering the earth is not experiencing a horrible warming like never before. At least 78 major temperature swings have happened to the earth in the last 4500 years. The temperature was even higher back about 1100 b.c. Relatively similar temperatures spikes to what we are experiencing happened around 300 A.D. and 1200 A.D. Remember that often those who promote fear have less than great motives. Money and political ambition can get in the way of the truth. I do not say this so we can be irresponsible but so we will not rush to do things out of fear.
While we acknowledge the problems. Let us not forget the other things and guard our hearts from fear.