2020; A Review

Kate Ryle, Staff writer

It’s no secret that 2020 has been a very different year than most. The main topics on people’s minds have been the crazy events that have taken place this year. Most of these events have occupied the media, which is why this article is going to focus on good news that may not have as much coverage! These are events that took place this year that aren’t as well known and will lift your mood.

  • Drive in movie theatres making a comeback during pandemic times

Because it is too risky to watch your favorite films in a crowded theater, drive-in theatres are the next best thing! Visit the Skyline drive-in theater in Shelton to see what it’s all about.

For the whole heartwarming story, click the link above! 

  • Carbon emissions went down

In 2020, it was estimated that carbon emissions decreased by 2.4 billion metric tons due to Covid-19 lockdowns!

  • Online sales flourished more than ever before

Sure, Amazon and other online services were available before the pandemic, but they have 

thrived more than ever now that in-person shopping is riskier. More and more people are sourcing their clothes and even groceries online!

  • Pet adoptions went up 

During a time when everyone has to stay home, life can get kind of boring. What better way to bring joy to your family than getting a new member? Pet adoptions increased greatly this year due to people having that exact though! Did you get a new pet this year?

This is such an amazing thing! Feminine products and topics like this tend to be very taboo in our society. It is so wonderful to see that it is being more normalized and made accessible to all. Click the link to read more!

Africa has not had any recorded cases of the polio virus in the past four years! Click the link above to learn more.

  • SpaceX launched astronauts into space for the first time

The Crew Dragon is the first vehicle to launch humans into space! Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were the two astronauts that participated in this first launch.

A Massachusetts woman, and a grandmother, named Jennie Stejna, contracted Covid-19 from her nursing home. After quite the battle, she beat it! Her family is thankful and relieved. For more on her story, click the link above! 

  • National parks/state parks reach record number of visitors 

During the pandemic, it can be hard to find things to do outdoors. Most people on a nice weekend would go to the mall or a movie, but now, the safest option is spreading out with fresh air and space away from others. National and state parks have thrived greatly this year and have had more visitors than ever before! A park outdoors with lots of space is the perfect place to enjoy a nice day outside, and also while being safe.

An Ohio man named Robert Carter is now the dad of five biological siblings. Robert grew up in foster care and recognized what it was like to be separated from the people you love. That’s why he adopted siblings Marionna, Makayla, Robert, Giovanni, and Kiontae, to make sure they were able to stay together. For more touching information on this story, click the link above!

A North Texas boy, 10 year old Orion Jean, wanted to donate 100,000 meals to people in need during Covid-19 by Thanksgiving. “Everybody was like, ‘Whoa, that’s a big number!’ But I thought we could achieve it because when everybody can come together for a cause as common as kindness, then you can really do big things,” said Jean. For more, check out the link! This is such an adorable and inspiring act of kindness from someone who is only 10 years old. It restores faith that there is still a lot of good in this world.

  • Diversity improved on social media/in the world

Throughout the course of the year 2020, diversity and equality has been quite a big issue. If you look on social media for example, model pages will be advertising more clothes featuring women of color, and of all shapes and sizes. This, in my opinion, is how it should have been from the start! It is always important to get the message out there that every body is beautiful and worthy.

  •  Kazakhstan became the 88th nation to formally commit to abolish the death penalty

On September

  • LGBTQ+ rights were improved

With diversity around the world improving, that includes the rights of the LGBTQ+ community as well. As years go on, it seems to become more and more normalized. Now, staff members from jobs will put their personal pronouns in their emails. Teens/young adults will put their pronouns in their social media bios, which is something that has grown a lot. It’s amazing to see people feel more comfortable displaying what they are comfortable with and expressing themselves!

  • The Covid-19 vaccine is the fastest vaccine to ever be developed

Tons of different vaccines are offered worldwide for different illnesses and diseases. This year, the Covid-19 vaccine has been getting developed quite quickly. In fact, it is the fastest vaccine to ever be developed! It is already being distributed around the world to those who need it most urgently, and it is hopefully the answer we need to return back to our normal lives.

  • Small businesses thrived

Small online businesses are doing better than ever as of right now. There are hundreds of different websites where you can advertise your own business such as Etsy, Shopify, Ebay and many more. Online businesses are the best and safest way to create and sell items during the pandemic, and even after it is over there will still be lots of room for online sellers to show off their products!

 

That wraps up a quick review of the year 2020. Hopefully these uplifting topics are a good distraction from some of the other events that have gone on this year. Despite this year’s struggles, try to keep a positive mindset and remember that there is a lot of good in this world!

Sources: https://www.positive.news/society/what-went-right-in-2020-the-top-20-good-news-stories-of-the-year/

https://www.vice.com/en/article/8895d4/good-positive-news-2020

https://www.dw.com/en/global-carbon-emissions-down-by-record-7-in-2020/a-55900887#:~:text=Researchers%20say%20global%20carbon%20emissions,to%20the%20coronavirus%2Dinduced%20lockdowns.&text=Emissions%20from%20road%20transport%20fell,coronavirus%20was%20at%20its%20peak.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathanocallaghan/2020/05/30/spacex-makes-history-with-first-ever-human-rocket-launch-for-nasa/?sh=1d413f605321