Italian Artist Illustrated the Best News of 2018

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Mauro Gatti is an Italian illustrator and designer based in Los Angeles, California who just got fed up with all the bad news he hears every day. He decided to start a project that will spread some positivity.

On his Instagram account, called The Happy Broadcast, the artist shares some of this year’s positive news from all around the world in hope that it brings happiness to people and inspires them to spread some good news as well.

“Art, technology, food, science, animal rights, human rights… we have progressed in so many categories and it’s necessary to let the world know that, despite having much more to do, we’ve accomplished some amazing things in 2018,” Gatti explained.

Scroll down to see some of the most amazing things that have happened to us in this year.

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In Iceland, teenage smoking, drinking and drug use have been radically cut in the past 20 years. For instance, the percentage of 15- and 16-year-olds who had been drunk in the previous month plummeted from 42 per cent in 1998 to 5 per cent in 2016.⠀ ⠀ How? State funding was increased for organised sport, music, art, dance and other clubs, to give kids alternative ways to feel part of a group, and to feel good, rather than through using alcohol and drugs, and kids from low-income families received help to take part.⠀ ⠀ Parents were encouraged to attend talks on the importance of spending a quantity of time with their children rather than occasional “quality time”, on talking to their kids about their lives, on knowing who their kids were friends with, and on keeping their children home in the evenings.⠀ ⠀ A law was also passed prohibiting children aged between 13 and 16 from being outside after 10pm in winter and midnight in summer. It’s still in effect today.⠀ ⠀ How replicable Iceland's model really is remains an unanswered question but it's amazing to think how much sport, responsible parenting and the support from the government can do to shape up a more responsible generation.⠀ ⠀ #thehappybroadcast #love #instagood #photooftheday #beautiful #happy #motivation #art #instadaily #friends #repost #nature #fun #style #illustration #inspiration #goodnews #art #artist #illustration #goodmorning #goodnews #iceland #nodrugs #drugs #alcohol #teenager #beer #sober

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France is at the forefront of a campaign against chemicals blamed for decimating critical populations of crop-pollinating bees. A radical step has been taken towards protecting its dwindling bee population by becoming the first country in Europe to ban all five pesticides that are killing off the insects. By enforcing the ban, France is going further than the European Union, which voted to outlaw the use of three pesticides in crop fields. Let's all say together "'J'aime les abeille!" #thehappybroadcast #love #instagood #photooftheday #beautiful #happy #motivation #art #instadaily #friends #repost #nature #fun #style #illustration #inspiration #goodnews #art #artist #illustration #love #goodmorning #goodnews #bees #nature #france #enviroment #honey #pesticidefree #pesticides

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If you’re a pet owner, there’s probably one thing you dread about holidays like New Year’s Eve or the Fourth of July. Fireworks scare pets and wildlife and stress them out. The town of Collecchio in the Parma region of Italy mandates only quiet celebrations in the sky. Setti Fireworks, a company based out of Genova, Italy, creates the soundproof firecrackers (these fireworks aren’t technically 100% sound-free but they’re a much quieter alternative to traditional varieties). Not only does the invention of silent fireworks protect dogs, cats, and other house pets from a terrorizing evening, but farm animals and wildlife are also spared the thunderous booms that shake confused creatures to the core. #thehappybroadcast #love #instagood #photooftheday #beautiful #happy #cute #followme #picoftheday #motivation #art #instadaily #friends #repost #nature #fun #style #illustration #inspiration #goodnews #art #artist #illustration #goodmorning #goodnews #dog #pet #cat #fireworks #celebration

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What do you do with leftover bread? Make beer! Every year most countries throw away enough bread to feed millions of people (in the UK alone, 44 percent of all bread is wasted). So one independent food shop in Vienna and a Toast Ale in London decided to use stale bread to make their own beer. They take surplus bread from bakeries and sandwich makers, and they replace a third of the barley that would otherwise have been used to brew. By doing that they achieve 2 goals: fight food waste and raise awareness about food waste. So if you're in Vienna have a sip of WASTED and in London look for the "TOAST brewed with bread" products. #thehappybroadcast #love #instagood #photooftheday #beautiful #happy #cute #followme #picoftheday #motivation #art #instadaily #friends #repost #nature #fun #style #illustration #inspiration #goodnews #art #artist #illustration #goodmorning #goodnews #beer #bread #food #party #beers

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A few years ago, Adidas announced they would start making their shoes out of ocean plastic garbage. They teamed up with Parley in 2016 to create a capsule collection made entirely of yarns and filaments recycled from ocean waste. In 2017 Adidas added three more versions of shoes made from ocean plastics and so far sold 1 million pairs, which translates to 11 millions plastic bottles from the ocean recycled into highly profitable product! Thanks to @chrismakesthis for the news suggestion. #thehappybroadcast #love #instagood #photooftheday #beautiful #happy #cute #followme #picoftheday #motivation #art #instadaily #friends #repost #nature #fun #style #illustration #inspiration #goodnews #art #artist #illustration #fashionblogger #goodnews #adidas #parley #shoes #fashion #sustainable

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The majority of straws, routinely placed in glasses of water or soda. are not recyclable. They end up in oceans, and are now among the top 10 waste items to be washed up on beaches. That is the reason why cities (ie. Seattle and Malibu) – and even entire countries (ie.Taiwan and Scotland) – are looking to ban plastic straws and force businesses to provide straws made of alternatives to plastic, including wood, bamboo and paper. Queen Elizabeth II also is pushing for environment-friendly changes in her royal residences where plastic straws will be phased out soon. #thehappybroadcast #love #instagood #photooftheday #beautiful #happy #cute #followme #picoftheday #motivation #art #instadaily #friends #repost #california #fun #style #illustration #inspiration #goodnews #art #artist #illustration #goodmorning #goodnews #plastic #straw #recycle #ban #buckinghampalace

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