As 2015 was relegated to history books to make room for 2016 in the current world curriculum, a lot remained to reflect and introspect on the mammoth work left undone, not merely on a personal or family level, but on a global one. The frenzy around welcoming the New Year is invariably out of sync with the enormity of tasks that scream out to be accomplished. At times, last year felt interminable: from the conflict in Ukraine to the mass shooting in Kenya, it wasn’t just about man-made disaster. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal in April killing thousands, not just in its home country, but wreaking havoc among neighbours, India, China and Bangladesh. The stark atmosphere saw a glimmer of good news when World Health Organization declared the Americas free of Rubella, commonly known as German measles.
Summer meant a lot of heat, not just literally, but metaphorically, too. Economic heat was on worldwide with the infamous Greek government debt crisis, jeopardizing the stability of the European Union and thrusting into peril economies worldwide. In the midst of all these challenges, mankind strode along, charting new courses and setting bigger and bolder records. NASA announced the discovery of liquid water on Mars in autumn, letting some people to believe life maybe better away from Earth in the wake of mindless bombings by terrorist groups in schools, streets and just about anywhere.
By the time the momentous year 2015 was coming to a close, hope was beginning to glimmer through the thick cloud of despair. Leaders and trendsetters from 147 countries put their heads and hearts together to agree unanimously to cure the planet of its toxic ills of pollution and its unavoidable concomitant, climate change. Paris hosted the 2015 United Nations climate change conference (COP21) which climaxed with the signing of a global climate change pact committing all countries to reduce carbon emissions for the first time.
Whilst all this hoopla was happening, the Royal family of UK was busy welcoming a cute new addition, Princess Charlotte, with an impressive lineage: first daughter of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. She is fourth in line to succeed her paternal great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, after her paternal grandfather Charles, Prince of Wales, and her elder brother, Prince George of Wales.
About the author:
Vinita Kinra has been featured among 150 most remarkable Canadians by Canadian Race Relations Foundation. She is a Toronto-based author, editor, speaker and activist, best known for her short story collection, Pavitra in Paris, launched to critical acclaim in 2013. She is also a contributor for India’s largest English daily, The Times of India.