The world can feel a bit gloomy at the moment, so we would like to spread some positivity with some feel-good stories from around the world. Let’s jump right in…
With most of the world in lockdown, travel has reduced drastically and many factories have shut, and this has had a positive impact on air pollution! China, the US, the UK, and many other countries are reporting pollution levels that are significantly lower than normal, and experts think that this could actually save thousands of lives, as people aren’t as exposed to air pollution. (1)
Penguins on a field trip
Many zoos and aquariums around the world are now empty of guests. In Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, the penguins have been enjoying the empty zoo by going on field trips, visiting other animals in the Aquarium, such as beluga whales and tropical fishes. (2) To find out more about this story, make sure to check out this week’s Twig Science Reporter episode! And follow @shedd_aquarium on Instagram to see where the penguins go next…
Animal live streams
Speaking of animals… some zoos and aquariums around the world are hosting live streams so that you can discover giant pandas, penguins, giraffes, and much more—all from the comfort of your home! Check out Georgia Aquarium, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Houston Zoo, and Melbourne Zoo.
Online museums and art galleries
It’s not only zoos that are going online. 2,500 museums and galleries worldwide have partnered with Google Arts and Culture to make their collections available online, through virtual tours and displays! Why not wander through Musée D’Orsay in Paris or The Museum of Modern Art in New York, from your sofa?
Neighborhood dino parade
Even if you’re stuck at home for most of the day and have to keep six feet away from people when outside, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Last week, in a neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, people put on inflatable T-Rex costumes to host a dinosaur parade—with the aim to raise peoples’ spirits. Watch the video here.
Socialising from balconies
Both Spain and Italy are currently on lockdown, but despite having to stay indoors, people have found ways to connect with their neighbors! In Seville, Spain, a fitness instructor recently hosted a workout from a rooftop, and in many towns in Italy, people have been singing and playing music from their balconies.
Around the world, children have been drawing rainbows and putting them in their windows as a way of connecting with each other. While out on walks or trips to the grocery store, children can go “rainbow spotting” to see how many rainbows they can spot! (3)
Wild goats on the loose
In a town in Wales, in the United Kingdom, over a dozen mountain goats were seen roaming the empty streets on March 31. With most of the 15,000 people who live in Llandudno staying inside due to the coronavirus lockdown, the goats had the town mostly to themselves. They were seen sunbathing, munching on hedges, and visiting peoples’ gardens! (4)
We hope these stories have put a smile on your face and made you feel a bit more positive!
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