What a year this has been!! Below are just a few of the world-changing events, including unsettling incidents, that happened in 2018. (Don’t worry this list is not all doom and gloom! ):
A junior football team got stuck in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand, and were saved after 17 days
The World Cup took place in Russia, with France as the victor and it seems that half the world's population was watching!
The yellow vests movement prompted some of the worst civil unrest in France
South Asians actually came together to support Priyanka Chopra when The Cut published an infamous (and since deleted) article about her nuptials.
The Supreme Court in India passed a law decriminalizing homosexuality, while the largest statue in the world, of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, costing $430 mm was revealed in Gujarat
Not great news out of the White House - From issues around immigration and family separation, from Iran sanctions to peace talks with North Korea and China everything. Good thing there aren't any Glassdoor reviews for that work space... or are there?
An increase of 1.5 °C regarding global warming prompted great fear, and 200 countries agreed on the 2015 Paris Agreement at the Katowice Climate Change Conference, where the Dalai Lama said: Climate change is not a concern of just one or two nations. It is an issue that affects all humanity, and every living being on this earth. This beautiful place is our only home. We have to take serious action now to protect our environment and find constructive solutions to global warming.
Worldwide efforts have been launched to reduce plastic pollution
The Oxford Dictionary revealed an extensive list of new (and surprising!) words
The world bid adieu to: Stephen Hawking, Aretha Franklin, Stan Lee, Anthony Bourdain, VS Naipaul, Winnie Mandela, John McCain, George HW and Barbara Bush, Húbert de Givenchy, Kate Spade, Milos Foreman, Sridevi, Penny Marshall, Kofi Annan, Paul Allen and Avicii, amongst others
What this year showcases is that people are standing up for what and who they believe in. Climate change is real. Great journalism isn't dead but journalists have been targeted. We need to protect women. We need to spend wisely (as there's a recession a-brewing in 2019). Essentially, we have a lot of work to do.
We at honto88 wish you and yours a healthy, restful, and gratitude-filled holiday season. Together, let's kickstart things this year with unapologetic enthusiasm, tireless striving, and infinite love and kindness.
We are ready for you, 2019!