2017 wasn’t The Worst after all
We can all probably agree that this has been a rough, rough year. The political world is a mess, natural disasters ripped mercilessly through our country, and it kinda seems like everyone is divided and fighting (just log on to Twitter for literally one second…you’ll see).
Before you write off 2017 altogether, we’d like to turn your attention to one spectacularly positive Twitter thread that points out all the good things that happened this year. Jacob Atkins, a 20-year-old student from University of Iowa, took to social media and broke down a few amazing things that happened amidst all the hideousness. And people were loving it. Each of his tweets in the thread pulled in thousands of retweets and tens of thousands of likes.
“I hope people take away that there is always some good even if it’s hard to see,” Atkins told BuzzFeed.
First off, scientists killed it this year. Can we get a big amen for nature news that doesn’t involve global warming?
Scientists have found a way to successfully rebreed sections of the Great Barrier Reef. pic.twitter.com/VJUZuHapSH— Jacob Atkins (@atkins_jacob1) December 21, 2017
Some corporations did their part, and gave back. Lots and lots of snaps for Amazon.
Once Amazon’s new headquarters is finished it will include space to shelter 200 homeless people. pic.twitter.com/8ki9aCmKlT— Jacob Atkins (@atkins_jacob1) December 21, 2017
This majestic beast will continue to roam the land for years to come.
The snow leopard has been taken off the endangered species list. pic.twitter.com/nryfZ7EN45— Jacob Atkins (@atkins_jacob1) December 21, 2017
Big, important developments happened in Africa.
HIV/AIDS is no longer the leading cause of death in Africa. pic.twitter.com/x3tfXjPzPS— Jacob Atkins (@atkins_jacob1) December 21, 2017
Yes, bees sting us and we hate it. They also help our food grow. More bees = good for us. Go bees, go.
Honey bee populations have increased by 27%. Researchers have also found an insecticide that doesn’t kill bees. pic.twitter.com/L1NSXIRw6A— Jacob Atkins (@atkins_jacob1) December 21, 2017
Great news coming out of Argentina.
A shoe company in Argentina makes shoes from recycled tires and employs only women from rural areas. pic.twitter.com/KsIpbarlXj— Jacob Atkins (@atkins_jacob1) December 21, 2017
MORE good nature news. Should we all move to New Zealand?
Conservationists agreed to plant 73 million trees over the next 6 years in the Amazon rainforest. New Zealand’s next prime minster wants to plant 100 million trees next year. pic.twitter.com/VkrPiun0Hx— Jacob Atkins (@atkins_jacob1) December 21, 2017
Despite what our president has been saying, crime did go down in 2017. Imagine that.
Even though it doesn’t seem like it, crime has decreased by 2.7% this year. pic.twitter.com/066fy2ksNq— Jacob Atkins (@atkins_jacob1) December 21, 2017
So did child labor rates.
Child labor rates have declined by half since 2000. pic.twitter.com/f5RkRHl5f0— Jacob Atkins (@atkins_jacob1) December 21, 2017
Lexington, KY came up with an innovative way to give back to the community.
In Lexington Kentucky, people who get parking tickets can pay them off by donating canned goods to the local food banks. pic.twitter.com/z7mu5qJnbT— Jacob Atkins (@atkins_jacob1) December 21, 2017
Well done, Hawkeyes. Well done.
Last story, probably heard of it but I like it. At the end of the 1st quarter of football games the University of Iowa fans stand and wave to the kids in the children’s hospital across the street. pic.twitter.com/dALmeP3BFy— Jacob Atkins (@atkins_jacob1) December 21, 2017
Hopefully this overload of goodness will make you feel a tiny bit better about 2017. Or, at the very least, pound red wine with a little less vigor come New Years Eve.
And if you need it, Atkins will be back on Twitter next year, spreading the cheer.
“Because this thread did numbers, I’m doing a 2018 edition next year,” he tweeted. “With the sources since some of y’all became professors and want citations in MLA format.” He kids, but one helpful user did provide credible sources to back up all of Atkins’ claims.
for those clamoring for links:— Ethan Schuttler (@SchuttyBuddy) December 22, 2017
Thanks, Jacob Atkins. Not all superheroes wear capes.