Hope In Humanity

Hope In HumanityAll around us, violence abounds. With the series of senseless shooting, murder, rape, and other violent crimes, we cannot help but wonder if humanity is indeed doomed. Could there still be goodness in the deep recesses of the human heart? Can we still recover from the physical and emotional scars that these negative events inflicted upon us?

‘Deepest recesses’

Benghazi attack. Massachussets elementary school shooting. India gang rape case. Boston Marathon bombing. Syrian violence. Southeast Asian territorial disputes. North Korea missile launchings. And countless other events that shake us up each morning when they splash out headlines with blood, fear, and sorrow. We dread to ask — what could be next? Or, more fearfully — WHO could be next?

Fortunately, we can still see a glimmer of hope amidst the darkest of human intentions. Yes, believe it or not, goodness exists in the deepest recesses of our hearts. We just have to take time to look for it and to manifest it through our actions.

‘Tiny sliver of light’

A stranger who rushes bombing victims to the nearest hospital. A child who hugs her grieving mom. A president who takes time to give an encouraging speech to his people. A neighboring country who sends aid to another country in need. A preacher who chooses the right gospel to uplift the soul. A lawyer who champions his afflicted client’s case. A friend who prays for you everyday.

These are just a few examples of the goodness of humanity. So, yes. In the middle of the storm, there is refuge. In the middle of a tumultuous journey, there is a captain that steers the ship towards safety. In the middle of all this madness, some people take time to let their light shine.

May it be just a tiny sliver of light, it still exists. HOPE. It does exist.

Have you ever been a victim of a violent crime or a traumatic event? Tell us how you got through your ordeal!

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Global Biodiversity Decreased By 30 Percent In 40 Years

The world’s biodiversity is down 30 percent since the 1970s, according to a new report, with tropical species taking the biggest hit. And if humanity continues as it has been, the picture could get bleaker.

Humanity is outstripping the Earth’s resources by 50 percent — essentially using the resources of one and a half Earths every year, according to the 2012 Living Planet Report, produced by conservation agency the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Humanity is essentially in debt to Mother Earth, conservationists find. As of 2008, the most recent year for which data is available, humans were outstripping Earth’s biocapacity by 50 percent. Biocapacity is the amount of renewable resources, land, and waste absorption (such as sinks for carbon dioxide) the Earth can provide. In other words, it takes the planet 1.5 years to restore what humanity burns through in a year.

All of this resource use is taking a toll. The Living Planet report also tracks biodiversity and species populations across the globe. This year’s report details a startling loss of biodiversity around the globe: A loss of 30 percent of biodiversity on average, meaning a major decline in the number of different species of plants, animals and other organisms.

Many of the group’s proposed solutions to humanity’s out-of-control resource use center around Rio+20, the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development set for June 20, 2012. The meeting is designed to help create pathways for sustainable development in the future, said Kate Newman, WWF’s managing director of public sector initiatives.

“As we’re approaching a planet with 9 billion people on it, we need to find a global solution,” Loucks said. “The challenge for us is this is a long-term problem. This is the Earth for millennia. We need to move beyond the election cycle, beyond the quarterly report cycle.”

Are governments doing enough to address the issue of declining biodiversity? Tell us what you think!

Source: Yahoo News

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