Art & Good News 4-22-2023

Starting with some art…

image of half filled glass of water, text circling the glass reads “whether you’re an optimist or pessimist, always half”

All over the internet, motivational posters are telling us to “be positive” or “life is good.” There is always someone trying to motivate and uplift us, which sells well online. Especially on social media in an influencer’s latest Canva post. However, I think I created this particular illustration because sometimes it is ok to just be ok. You don’t need to always be positive or worry about the negative. Sometimes fine is more than enough. I hope you all had a lovely week and that next week is if nothing else perfectly fine.

By the way Happy Earth Day Everyone!

Good News Roundup

Ancient Coral reefs were found off the coast of the Galapagos. Women as breadwinners and equal earners have grown over the past 50 years in the United States. A massive reforestation project in the Yorkshire Dales has the plan to increase tree cover by raising money to plant 100,000 saplings. All this and more in this week’s roundup.

Wow! News

Over 2,000 Companies Buy and Sell Recycled Plastic at This Online Marketplace

A company in Germany is trying to do something about plastic pollution and closing the loop on this stubborn form of waste. The goal is to be the Amazon of plastic waste by connecting people who need recycled plastic to a recycling plant with surplus plastic. With any luck, initiatives like these will grow and close the loop on plastic waste. Unfortunately, virgin plastic is still cheaper and very hard to recycle, so we still need to push for government changes to this and vote with our dollars by supporting companies who either remove themselves from the plastic pipeline or only use 100% recycled plastic. Still, companies like this are a step in the right direction.

Tax the rich: How could Joe Biden’s proposed ‘billionaire tax’ help us deal with climate change?

President Biden has proposed a 25% tax on all wealth over 100 million. While this probably will never pass with the House currently in Republican hands, there may be an even simpler solution. The Climate Inequality Report says that just a 1.5% tax on over 100 million and a 2% tax on over 1 billion could not only help their respective countries climatize and decarbonize, but it could also pay to help poorer countries that are unfairly impacted due to richer countries carbon output. If I understood the article correctly though, it would need to be adopted the world over to make a difference though.

Artist Creates ‘Encyclopedia of Invisibility’ To Tell Lost Stories

Do you know who Matthew Henson is? I didn’t either, but he was a co-discoverer of the North Pole and the inspiration of Tavares Strachan to create an Encyclopedia of invisibility. He recently did a TED talk on the 12-year endeavor, and personally, I have never wanted a book more. With 17,000 entries, it is amazing to have so many stories saved from being lost to history.

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