Sometimes it’s too easy to get overwhelmed by bad news. It might seem like news is predominantly bad, but what happens in most people’s lives is actually mostly good, and much good is happening all around. It’s good to keep this in mind.
There are reasons it seems like there’s a lot of bad news:
- News organizations tend to focus on things that seem of immediate importance–things we need to handle. So an article about, for instance, someone dumping toxic waste tends to make the news while an article about some group starting a new initiative or some environmental success story might not.
- The ability of people to have access to so much news has increased because of the Internet. So we’re finding out a lot more now than we used to about what’s been happening with the planet. Although awful things have been happening, that we now know more about them is actually a good thing.
Ideally, I’d like to only see good news, like the cessation of fracking and nuclear plants shutting down safely. But of course we need to know about bad things in order to learn about the problems and figure out how to stop them. It’s just that we don’t need to only focus on bad news. It’s not a mentally healthy thing to do. News organizations can do more to promote good solutions and we can, too.
On the good news front, we can:
- Share stories that show people dealing with problems in good ways
- Share success stories when we find them
- Share information about good solutions, good technologies
So, with that in mind, I’d like to promote some upcoming events in Rocky River about solutions for our energy needs:
THURSDAY, OCT. 3 @ 7
Dr. Lorry Wagner, LEEDCo: Can Off Shore Wind on Lake Erie Help
Meet our Energy Needs?
THURSDAY, OCT. 10 @ 7
Alan Frasz, Dovetail Solar & Wind: How Can Solar Power Keep Us Energized in Northeast Ohio?
This is part of a series of events held by West Shore FaCT, a group working on stopping fracking and injection wells. The events are at West Shore UU Church in Rocky River, Ohio.