It may not always seem like it, but we live in hopeful times.
Through all our bickering, here are some important things we need to remember this season…
Extreme poverty has been cut by over half since 1990. In fact, it’s been reduced more in the last 50 years than in the last 500.
We’ve also cut preventable child deaths by half over the same time.
The number of children dying before age 5 is at its lowest ever.
And here's another. The world is on the cusp of eradicating polio.
In 30 years, we’ve gone from 350,000 cases to 13 this year. Not 13,000. 13.
Maternal and neonatal tetanus is right behind it on the list.
More girls are in school today than any time in world history, which bodes well for the future.
We have large-scale ways to treat starvation and provide safe water to millions.
Sometimes the world today feels divided, but let’s remember how amazing they are, the things we’ve done together.
For thousands of years, a child born into this world probably faced a bleak future. That’s not true today.
Today, a child is more likely to be born with a good chance to live a healthy, happy life. That’s amazing.
This season, let’s be grateful. Let’s be joyful.
And let’s seize this hopeful moment on behalf of the children who are still in need.
We’ve accomplished so much.
And we can do even more.