With COVID-19 still running rampant, I bring you another set of uplifting updates!
Carbon Emissions at their Lowest Level Since WWII?
A recent international study of global carbon emissions revealed that by the end of April, we had seen a two-million-pound decrease in carbon dioxide emissions. This is equivalent to a 17% daily decline—just this year! Estimates indicate at this rate, we will see a decline between 4.4 and 8% by the end of the year, which would mark the largest annual decrease in carbon emissions since World War II. What is the primary cause of this massive reduction? An analysis of daily data focusing on the six sectors of the economy point to the curtailment of driving. Although these environmentally-uplifting changes are expected to be temporary, as they are not rooted in fundamental changes in the economy or the energy much of the world relies on, seeing the effects of not being behind the wheel is both eye-opening and inspiring. Pandemic or no pandemic, we should be making efforts to reduce our automobile usage to take care of Mother Nature. Ride your bike, take a walk, carpool with friends, or utilize public transportation! To read more about these drops in carbon emissions, click here.
A 10-Year-Old Hero
Chelsea Phaire, the founder of Chelsea’s Charity, is a ten-year-old from Danbury, Connecticut. Yes, you read that correctly—she is indeed 10 years old. Chelsea’s philanthropic ambitions originated at the ripe age of seven, when she began begging her father to start a charity. Chelsea’s Charity was established in August 2019 on her birthday; she requested her guests donate art supplies in place of gifting her toys. Chelsea takes donated art supplies and assembles art kits for children in homeless shelters, foster care homes, women’s shelters, and schools impacted by gun violence. Her efforts align with the motives backing art therapy, a form of therapy that is increasingly being prescribed to support the mental health of young kids, especially those with social and emotional deficiencies. The widespread and well-known effects of this pandemic have been targeted by Chelsea, as she has sent more than 1,500 kits to children in hopes of giving them something uplifting to do when they’re feeling down. Chelsea’s selflessness has not gone unnoticed and we should all take a second to appreciate her efforts, more of which you can read about here.
Coronavirus Spread Takes a Break in London
On Tuesday, May 19, Public Health England reported no new cases in London and the East of England within the preceding 24 hours. The nation has recently eased up on lockdown regulations, permitting activities including sunbathing and unlimited exercise, and plans to open restaurants and pubs. As the United States is slowly starting to open up some states, many are wary of the consequences, including myself. Tuesday’s data from Public Health England, which you can read more about here, makes me hopeful for a continued containment of COVID-19 as restrictions lessen around the country.