In today’s special edition of The Optimist Daily, we are celebrating revolutions! That’s because of the 4th of July, the day the Continental Congress declared independence from Great Britain. Right? Well, not so fast. While it’s widely believed that July 4, 1776, was the day … [Read more...] about The Revolution That Started it All: 1776
The scarcity of affordable social housing is a major problem for some of the world’s biggest cities. What makes this issue extremely frustrating is that there's a decent number of empty properties in these cities that could help solve the problem. Drawing from this frustration, … [Read more...] about Barcelona fines landlords with empty properties to tackle housing crisis
Criminals who re-offend cost the UK government an estimated £15 billion each year. One of the main reasons why former prisoners return to a life of crime is because of their poor employment opportunities, which is why the British government plans on backing up a project that aims … [Read more...] about UK government to fund scheme that will teach prisoners coding
Believe it or not, smog in US cities used to be a lot worse. In fact, at the height of the Second World War, residents of Los Angeles thought they were under a chemical gas attack. People in the downtown area experienced stinging eyes, streaming noses, and rasping throats, all … [Read more...] about Clean air regulations save Americans more money than you can imagine
Here’s an idea: Instead of an endless, inert wall along the U.S.–Mexico border, line the boundary with 2,000 miles of natural gas, solar and wind power plants. Use some of the energy to desalinate water from the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean and ship it through pipelines … [Read more...] about Why don’t we replace the border wall with an energy-water corridor?