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In English, we say, “Look on the bright side”. It means you should look at the good parts of a bad situation, not just the bad parts. Why? Because there is always something to be grateful for. I hear you say, “But what about the climate crisis? What about the pandemic? I’m happy 2021 is finished! Perhaps 2022 will be better.”
I repeat – there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for. Let’s look at the bright side…
In 2021, many projects were successful and many promises were kept. The obvious good news is that the COVID vaccine helped decrease deaths. But what about the less obvious news? Hold onto your hat – here we go!
An Ebola epidemic in Guinea from February to June killed 12 people last year. That’s not good news, but the last epidemic in 2012 killed more than 11,000! This is progress. The Chinese have eradicated malaria from their country. And a breast cancer vaccine trial was launched in the USA. Brighter…
What about LGBTQ+ issues? Switzerland is allowing same-sex marriages, and Botswana has decriminalised homosexuality. About time! Brazilian Eduardo Leite is the country’s first gay governor and in Germany, two transgender women have won parliamentary seats. Well done, Nyke Slawik and Tessa Ganserer! Brighter and brighter…
Lots has happened with the environment too. Siberian tigers are no longer on the endangered species list. Beavers are recolonising the UK, and the first litter of grey wolf cubs in Colorado, USA since 1940 was recorded. A 2021 report showed that renewable energy sources generated more electricity than fossil fuels in Europe. President Biden refused the Keystone XL oil pipeline and Portugal stopped using coal. Brighter and brighter and brighter…
Let’s not forget social problems. The prison population in the USA has decreased. Jails in the Netherlands are closing because the criminal population is so low. The UK introduced new legislation to protect children online. And the Social Progress Index reported that 147 nations were more socially progressive on rights, access to education, quality of healthcare and personal safety than ten years ago.
As American rock band Timbuk 3 says, “The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades!”
to be grateful for = d’être reconnaissant
obvious = évident
to decrease = réduire
hold onto your hat = attachez vos ceintures
to allow = permettre
about time = il était temps
a beaver = un castor
a litter = une portée
a cub = un louveteau
coal = charbon
healthcare = les services de santé
shades = lunettes de soleil
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