We know how hard it can be to think positively about our planet's future. It can seem overwhelming when we hear many negative and scary news stories about the future of the planet. Let's focus on the positives and see the real change happening and celebrate that!
As well as global stories, we want to hear from you too! Has your school been making positive changes for the environment? Perhaps you have been promoting cycling to school or have established a wildlife garden! We would love to celebrate your school's successes in our Positivity Corner. Let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org
Building Empathy and Resilience
Our positive stories provide a special place to come and see that our actions make a big difference! Stories of people working together, problem solving and selflessness create a new understanding of the world that children want to be part of.
Unfortunately, in the past, their land has been taken away from them by westerners and they haven’t been able to look after it in the way that they wanted. Often, it has been used for farming, mining and building towns and cities which has destroyed the habitats and natural ecosystems that were once there.
Many people say that the main reason that climate change is happening, and other man-made disasters such as pollution and disease, is because we have forgotten that we are all connected to the Earth and that the most important thing we need to do to be happy and thrive is to respect and cherish our natural environment.
Now, indigenous people around the world are taking a stand and explaining what the connection is and helping us to restore the planet to the way it should be.
Last week, at the Leader’s Summit on Climate, Indigenous people’s leaders such as Archana Soreng from India and Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim from Chad in Africa stood up for their people’s rights, beliefs and traditional way of life and explained they needed their original homelands to be recognised and handed back to them so that they can continue to take care of it properly and lead the way to restoring our connection with nature.
Let’s hope that the world’s leaders agreed with them and will work hard to include them in future discussions to learn the best way to tackle the big problem of climate change.
This news is a wonderful way to celebrate diversity and understand that we must listen to everyone to find a better way of life in the future; one where we all connect with and look after our planet.
Talking point: Can you think of examples of indigenous tribes from around the world? What do you know about them and how do they differ? How are they the same?
*indigenous = people who have always occupied the land before westerners came and claimed it for themselves
This is the highest on record so far. It is important because the UK has pledged that all our energy will be produced this way by 2030.
The weather was windy and sunny and so 60% came from wind energy and solar energy and 20% came from nuclear power.
When electricity is made this way, it reduces the amount of pollution from burning carbon heavy fuels such as coal and oil. This keeps our planet healthier and safer for us all to live on.
This record should be broken more and more often as we use more lower polluting electricity in the future.
Talking point: What other ways are there to reduce air pollution?