I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
You might be wondering…
What planet does a person live on that goes around humming What a Wonderful World? Have they seen the news lately?
If you spend any time looking at the news you will see violence, war, hunger, pain, and anger. It is hard to imagine that we live in a wonderful world, but positive news stories are out there if you can weed through all of the negative portrayals of countries around the world.
Recognizing global issues is a vital part of becoming a well-informed person. However, we cannot conquer those problems until we recognize the strengths and values of individuals in this world.
Let’s set aside a little time each month to recognize and celebrate the positive side of the news and help students develop a balanced world view.
Here is a sampling of positive world news from January 2018.
“From Australia to Lebanon and from New York to Liberia, revellers ring in the new year.”
“In Lebanon, twin brothers welcomed the new year with a work of art nearly a mile long. Mohamed and Omar Kabbani are 34-year-old graffiti artists. They painted the rooftops of more than 80 buildings lime green. Seen from above, the green roofs spell out salam, which means peace in Arabic. The brothers hope it will help change how people think of their home.”
“Man Kaur is 101, but her routine could tire most 20-somethings. Every day she wakes up at 4 a.m., bathes, washes clothes, makes tea, recites prayers until about 7 a.m. Sometimes she goes to the Gurdwara, the place of worship for Sikhs, other times she prays at home.”
“North and South Korea have agreed to form their first-ever joint Olympics team and march together under a “unification flag” at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Games next month.”
“To provide some light and boost demand for London businesses, the city is sponsoring a four-day light festival that continues through Jan. 21. “Lumiere London” features more than 50 installations by artists from Europe and North America and is organized by Artichoke, a charity that produces art for public spaces.”
“Yet slowly and quietly, African countries have been ramping up their technology, much of it centered on social and economic issues like health monitoring and job creation. Governments are seeking tech-hub status, and investors have taken note.”
This Month in Positive World News is a new monthly series on Globe to Go.