The Good, the Better, and The Best of 2022
While there's plenty to mourn and bemoan about 2022, here's a non-comprehensive list of unmitigated wins.
2022 ended with me getting Covid (again) and then less than a week later the flu as well. Yesterday was a rock bottom experience. In my few moments of awakened thought from the sick bed, I was in a spiral of negativity. And with the turning of the year, it was easy to paint bleakness over the whole of last year. For all the reasons.
I was grateful to find today a list of all the good that happened over 2022. Here’s a non-random selection of The Top 15 Pieces of Good News from 2022.
No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit. (Helen Keller)
In a milestone five decades in the making, the UN General Assembly declared access to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment to be a universal human right.
The world surpassed 1 terawatt of installed solar energy capacity.
The Women of Iran are TIME’s 2022 Heroes of the Year.
President Biden pardoned thousands of people convicted of marijuana possession.
Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard donated the entire $3 billion company to fight climate change.
Mary Peltola made history as the first woman and Alaska Native elected to represent the state in Congress.
The number of independent bookstores is at its highest in years – with more diverse owners than ever.
The world’s largest wildlife overpass is being built over a California highway.
An estimated $60 billion in medical debt was removed from consumers’ credit reports.
A new report found that if the current pace of wind and solar growth continues, the world will meet its climate targets.
Ketanji Brown Jackson made history as the first Black woman ever to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a historic agreement, the U.S. men’s and women’s soccer teams will now be paid equally.
Once-endangered humpback whales are growing in population globally thanks to conservation efforts.
523 acres of California redwood forest were returned to a group of Native American tribes.
Up from just 2,000 in 2020, researchers counted nearly 250,000 monarch butterflies in California in 2021.
Happy New Year everyone.