Every day, we’re bombarded by horrible stories in the news and on social media. From natural disasters and terrible acts of violence to climate change, international conflicts, and more. No wonder so many people feel hopeless and depressed!
But it’s important to remember that for every problem we face as a society, there are many brilliant people around the world working on solutions. And some of these solutions are so incredible, they give me a great deal of hope for the future. It’s a matter of how to be optimistic that’s the hard part.
Here are 6 reasons to be optimistic about the future.
1. The Environment
As you probably know, deforestation is a huge problem around the world. Trees produce oxygen, remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and combat air pollution. And they help prevent flooding and desertification.
But in many countries, forests are disappearing at an alarming rate due to unsustainable logging and farming practices.
Well, one ambitious start-up company has decided to do something about that.
Biocarbon Engineering has developed a tree-planting system using remote-controlled drones that is capable of planting up to 400,000 trees a day! Right now, the company is involved in a project in Myanmar, restoring the country’s coastal mangrove forests.
But this technology can be used to restore forests all over the world – it’s really exciting stuff.
2. Recycling Technology
If you’re concerned about the amount of plastic garbage piling up in the environment, you’ll be glad to know that there have been some really exciting developments in recycling technology.
For example, companies such as Brightmark Energy in Indiana, and Renewlogy in Utah, have perfected the process of recycling ALL plastics, including the low-grade kinds that you couldn’t recycle…
And turning them into fuel and other high-value petrochemical products.
Best of all, they’re able to do this without causing any toxic emissions or additional pollution.
3. Plastic Alternatives
On top of that, there have been huge advances lately in the field of plastic alternatives. For example, this year at the London Marathon, instead of handing out plastic bottles, organizers gave runners water in edible pouches made from seaweed.
And there are companies creating single-use plastic items such as food containers out of biodegradable sugarcane fiber, hemp, cactus, corn, and even algae and crustacean waste from seafood processing plants!
All of these companies are…