What happened yesterday? In all the media and posts on the US Elections, you might have missed one or more of these big things:
NEWS STORY #1: THE WORLD DECIDES REVERSING CLIMATE CHANGE DOESN’T DEPEND ON THE US
200 countries at the United Nation’s COP22 Conference in Morocco pledged to keep to the timeline to stop global warming regardless of what Donald Trump does. This is the annual meet of climate delegates charged with fulfilling on the promises made at the Paris Climate Agreement.
Sensing Trump might win the election, and knowing he had threatened to “cancel” the agreement, countries had ratified the Paris agreement and made it binding under International Law just one week ago. This means once he becomes President he would still need four years before he could legally withdraw from the deal.
On the swift move, May Boeve from 350.org said “Trump will try and slam the brakes on climate action, which means we need to throw all of our weight on the accelerator.”\
NEWS STORY #2: INDIA IS CUTTING OUT CASH AND CORRUPTION
India’s PM, Narendra Modi, took the radical step of banning all Rp500 and Rp1,000 notes (which make up 85% of India’s cash circulation) to cut down on corruption, moving India towards a cashless society.
India is now in the Top 5 governments most trusted by their citizens according to the 2015 Edelman Trust Barometer – along with China, UAE, SIngapore and Indonesia. All five countries are working on long term plans for their nations, using technology to achieve economies of speed over economies of scale. These five countries include 3 of the 4 most populous nations, and make up around 40% of the world population.
By comparison, all Western Nations fall below the 50% mark in the Edelman Trust Rankings, which means they are largely distrusted by their own citizens.
NEWS STORY #3: SCIENTISTS REVERSE PARALYSIS FOR THE FIRST TIME
Scientists in Switzerland announced they had successfully reversed paralysis in a monkey who had had its spinal chord partially cut. They did it with a brain implant that connected to electrodes in the monkey’s legs via wifi, so the brain could control the legs again without needing the spinal chord.
The Swiss scientists are now starting a clinical trial with eight humans who have partial leg paralysis. Andrew Jackson of the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University in the U.K. says “It is therefore not unreasonable to speculate that we could see the first clinical demonstrations of interfaces between the brain and spinal cord by the end of the decade.”
Imagine a world where every paralysed human and animal has the power to walk and move again.
NEWS STORY #4: THE FIRST HYPERLOOP PROJECT IS ANNOUNCED
When Elon Musk suggested that a levitating train on magnets in a vacuum would be a green alternative to air travel, his idea of the “Hyperloop” was seen as science fiction. Now, just a few years later, there are two companies looking to turn the dream to reality.
Yesterday, Hyperloop One, together with Dubai’s head of transport Mattar al-Tayer, announced plans for a Hyperloop between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, in a journey that would only take 12 minutes (compared to 30 minutes by plane and 2 hours by car).
Technological advances like this, linked to innovative government partnerships, will transform our energy use and carbon footprint in the coming years – faster than we think.
NEWS STORY $5: ADIDAS IS MAKING SHOES OUT OF OCEAN PLASTIC
Adidas announced its new UltraBOOST Uncaged Parley running shoes, the first mass-produced footwear created using recycled plastic recovered from the ocean. Each shoe is made out of the equivalent of 11 plastic bottles – and you can buy them from adidas.com from next week.
Imagine if all companies were to close the loop and create recycled products to reduce waste and help save the oceans.
These are just five stories from yesterday that you might have missed.
Yes, 120 million people did vote for the US President yesterday. But that’s just 2% of the World’s 7 billion population voting in the next leader of 0.5% of the World’s 196 countries.
Yes, many people had very strong views both for and against the results, and if your Facebook feed is like mine, that’s making up over 50% of all the posts on it.
But the world keeps turning.
And good people keep on doing great things.