Positivity during Pandemic

Don't lose yourself in the despair.

Ethan Yamamoto, Reporter

 

In a world where a microscopic organism has taken over all of humanity and has stricken fear within all beings on planet Earth, the positive stories of the world have been overcast by the commotion this virus has created and it feels as if all is lost! However, The Catamount has come to save the day with some positive stories of the month!

With all these news channels reporting on the Coronavirus, many of the good things that are happening in this beautiful world are becoming lost in this pandemic. 

Here, I will present you with a brief list of positive stories from around the world to remind you that there is still good out there during these troubling times.

 

John Krasinski’s Virtual Prom

Beginning in March, John Krasinski, a.k.a. Jim Halpert from The Office, came up with the brilliant idea of starting his own news channel on Youtube. Like his channel name suggests, Krasinski would report solely on SomeGoodNews. However, on Friday, April 17th, Krasiniski hosted a virtual prom as the DJ for the class of 2020! Krasinski revived this American tradition for all those heartbroken seniors through a live Youtube stream on his channel. With some golden streamers, disco ball lamps, balloons, a tuxedo, and some funky glasses, Krasinksi was able to get thousands of viewers to join him in for virtual prom. He featured guests like Rainn Wilson, a.k.a. Dwight Schrute, Chance the Rapper, the Jonas Brothers, and Billie Eilish, who commentated live and performed their songs from the comfort of their home. Thank you, John Krasinski, for bringing back something that was tragically lost in this pandemic; prom.

 

The 99-Year Old Veteran Who Raised Over £31m by Walking

In coordination with his 100th Birthday, British WWII veteran, Tom Moore, walked 100 laps around his garden in hopes to raise £1,000 for the UK’s National Health Service and aid their fight against the coronavirus. However, that £1,000 quickly became £31 million over the course of a week. With these donations, Moore was able to help open the new Nightingale hospital in Harrogate. His dedication did not go unrecognized as both Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, directly honored his achievement through special messages and a military flyover. 

 

Himalayan Mountaintops Become Visible for the First Time in 30 Years

With many people staying inside, air pollution and quality has greatly improved all over the world. This improvement is beautifully shown through the visibility of the Himalayan peaks in places like India. For roughly 30 years, the Himalayans remained hidden behind all the haze created by the pollution in surrounding cities and countries. But, after just a few weeks in lockdown, people in cities like Jalandhar were able to awe at the beautiful sight of the Himalayan mountains and post pictures online for the first time in decades. It took a pandemic for those near the Himalayas to appreciate the beauty in their “backyards.”