2020 VISION… INTO 2021
My, oh my, it is the New Year! Happy 2021 Monday Mavens! Last year was an incredibly difficult year for everyone. It impacted us too as a start up business trying to establish in the midst of a pandemic. Rising above the challenges and uncertainty, we did launch and are excited for what’s to come for TMS this year! Think bigger launches, curated collections to make you go googly eyed and happy deliveries. At The Monday Studio, we like to focus on the positive by finding the silver lining and to throw ‘glitter’ where we can (figuratively speaking of course). By looking at 2020 in all its clarity (20/20 vision if you will, LOL) we thought it’d be great to reflect on some of the highlights of this year to warm our hearts and hopefully offer some renewed hope that 2021 will be easier and more compassionate to us.
2020 was a big year of kindness, where we really had to be band together as a community and society, and people stepped up to display integrity and provide a helping hand. All sorts of acts of kindness happened, from raising nearly $500 million in donations for the Australian Bushfire recovery to acts on a smaller scale but that also made a big difference such as the Adopt a Nan or Pop initiative where volunteers were paired up to assist an elderly person. Does anyone else cry when they watch Disney film Up? No? Just us? Okay…
Anyway, this year has really proven that there are a lot of people who are good, want to do good and will do good. There’s always a helping hand out there!
Last year was also a period of great creativity. All the introverted, artsy people rejoice! With the (extreme) amount of downtime many had, which were on some occasions not welcomed (we’re looking at the extroverts here), people had to come up with ways to entertain themselves or share their art with others or simply saw the downtime as an opportunity to add a bit of cheeriness. A North Queensland farmer did exactly the latter and planted 40,000 sunflower seeds, with the help of seasonal workers from Vanuatu, which bloomed into the message ‘G’day World From Oz’ which can be seen from an aerial perspective.
If 2020 were some kind of award show, technology was the winner of all major categories. The Space Race of the 1960’s was the last extremely exciting time for the world to follow space exploration but now the ever so trendy Elon Musk and his company SpaceX successfully launched a rocket coined Falcon 9 made of reusable components in 2020! Also in the past year, Japanese science with global efforts managed to engineer a plastic eating super enzyme that could break down and eat up plastic contaminating Earth at a rate six times faster than originally discovered. They have now got plans to engineer the super plastic eating enzyme with a cotton-eating enzyme to target fabric waste. Human minds are so out of this world. Literally. And we state this with the utmost awe!
4. THE RETURN OF THE WILD
From dolphins to pandas to rhinos… 2020 was an extraordinary time as we saw wildlife returning to their territories, coming back stronger in numbers and statutorily protected, without the imminent threat of human impact, consumption and waste. For some wildlife news a little closer to home, just over a couple of dozen of Tasmanian Devils returned to the Australian mainland for the first time after successful breeding and rehabilitation by Australian wildlife conservatives. This is especially important for Australia after the devastation of wildlife from the apocalyptic bushfires. In the aquatic space, our love of pink has reached new heights! The rare indo-pacific humpback dolphin, otherwise known as the white or pink dolphin, made a return appearance to the Pearl River Delta in Hong Kong. We highly recommend looking them up because they’re exquisite!
5. MOTHER EARTH TLC
Despite all the hard hits Mother Earth has had to take, in the private sector, we have seen some incredible perseverance with innovators in the environmental sector continuing to do good work. In 2020, The Ocean Cleanup project took their amazing work from cleaning up the ocean to cleaning up rivers with their new machinery dubbed The Interceptor. In the Southern Hemisphere, the ozone hole residing over the Antarctic area is starting to show signs of healing after the implementation of the Montreal Protocol, which limited and banned the creation of ozone destroying chemicals to be emitted into the atmosphere. In the recycling space, Swedish startup Azelio have deployed solar power systems that are made with recycled aluminium and do not require the use of batteries. We’re sure Mother Earth is appreciative of these; bless the innovators!
And this short recap is not even the full extent of the wondrous and happy news of 2020. So many more feats were overcome in all kinds of sectors, which goes to show that we are resilient! Tough as things may be, we hope that in 2021 that there will be a surplus of positive news for the world, for Australia and for you in your own lives. If you are in a position to make a difference, no matter how small, we say dream big and aspire to new heights. Everything in life is impermanent – this hectic time will pass! And before you know it, you’re going to find life rushing by again.
Happy New Year Monday Mavens! Can’t wait to check in next Monday.
xoxo Miss Monday