It seems that everywhere one looks today the news is not good...but that is not true! There are some wonderful things happening all over and this week I want to concentrate on some of those things. I am an optimist and I believe that we should, can and will take care of our home, this earth. Here are some of the good things going on around our world. I don't have enough room to go into great depth here but any subject can be further researched on the Internet.
1. Do you know what a Mangrove swamp is? A mangrove is a shrub or small tree that lives and flourishes in coastal brackish water . The term is also used for tropical coastal swamps. A Mangrove teems with life and is extremely important to the earth's ecosystem. A new worldwide partnership is protecting and restoring mangroves around the world. Worldwide cooperative efforts are ongoing in areas as diverse as Malaysia, Pakistan, Mexico, Colombia, Indonesia and Madagascar among others.
2. The Ozone is repairing itself. After scientists identified the atmosphere obliterating effect of aerosols containing chlororfourocarbons (CFCs) we banned them in 1987, we have made a big impact: the hole over the Antarctic shrank 1.7 million square miles from 2000 to 2015.
3. The country of Chile set aside 11 million acres of land for national parks in Patagonia. It was the largest-ever land donation from a private entity to a country.
4. A provence in Pakistan announced it has planted one billion trees in two years, in an effort to control terrible flooding.
5. Trees, of course give off the oxygen that humans need and countries are stepping up to a healthier ecosystem. The Cameroon committed to restoring over 12 million hectares of forest in the Congo Basin and Brazil started a project to plant 73 million trees, the largest tropical reforestation project in history. The U.S. has seen overall growth in forests to the point that today we have 820 million trees in our natural world.