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99 Good News Stories You Probably Didn’t Hear About in 2018

99 Good News Stories You Probably Didn’t Hear About in 2018 | Geography Education | Scoop.it
For the last 12 months, the global media has been focused on a lot of bad news. But there were other things happening out there too: conservation successes, huge wins for global health, more peace and tolerance, less war and violence, rising living standards, some big clean energy milestones, and a quiet turning of the tide in the fight against plastic. Stories of human progress, that didn’t make it into the evening broadcasts, or onto your social media feeds.
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The world isn't all sunshine and rainbows, but far too often the news will give us an overly pessimistic viewpoint about the world (as mentioned in Hans Rosling’s Book, FACTFULNESS).  Slow, incremental progress isn't dramatic enough to make the headlines, and consequently we often miss the evidence that will demonstrate the ways in which the world is improving.  This article wrapping up some positive news from 2018 then, is a welcome bit of news that might change how we perceive some aspects of world.  

 

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The Enlightenment Is Working

The Enlightenment Is Working | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Don’t listen to the gloom-sayers. The world has improved by every measure of human flourishing over the past two centuries, and the progress continues, writes Steven Pinker."

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This is a great article that only reiterates what was said in Hans Rosling's Book, FACTFULNESS, that the world is getting better. 

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Renata Hill's comment, 7 December 2018, 21:17
I'm aware that the book was written by the most privileged of people on the planet: a white male. Of course he has a rosy view. For those of without such privilege, especially people of color in poor socio-economic stratas, life is difficult.
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dustin colprit's curator insight, 10 December 2018, 14:35
It is important for more information providing facts supporting how the world is in fact becoming more enlightened. In today's current society a lot of people gather information from social media and other information outlets that are not always accurate. But their research will often stop here and they will already form an opinion. I think moving away from this and getting more accurate information to people would help the progress of enlightenment.