Whether it’s lockdown 2.0, the US election or the slide into darker winter months, we are certainly feeling it this week.
Bojo’s announcement on Saturday, although we knew it was coming, has come as a bit of a shock. This has been coupled with seemingly a US Election which will decide the fate of our planet. Safe to say, it’s feeling a little overwhelming out there right now, but it’s important to remember you’re not alone. While the news agenda does feel a little bleak, there’s some epic stuff going on in the world right now which isn’t being reported (keep reading to get stoked on these).
The still ongoing US election coverage has, probably like many others, got us feeling anxious. Last week, we looked at how the election would impact the issues around our climate and it’s safe to say our planet won’t be happy if he’s re-elected. We had confirmation that the US has now officially left the Paris Climate agreement, which was another blow, but Biden has got us feeling a little more positive. He has committed to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement and proposed $2 trillion in order to ensure the US achieves a 100% clean energy economy and reaches net-zero emission no later than 2050. Epic.
With such a heavy news week, we’ve been supporting each other and sharing some epic environmental, good news stories that have kept our positive vibes flowing. So, grab a cuppa and join us in getting stoked over some of the amazing things happening around the world..
1. Japan Pledged To Become Carbon Neutral
Japan, the world’s third largest economy, committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050.
“We need to change our thinking to the view that taking assertive measures against climate change will lead to changes in industrial structure and the economy that will bring about growth.”
Japan’s prime minister, Yoshihide Suga
Source: Positive News, Stories From Week 44
2. HS1 To Run Entirely On Renewable Energy
Epic news this week with the announcement that HS1 will run solely on renewables, including wind and solar energy. For those always looking more sustainable and eco-friendly ways to travel and weighing up their options for the least impact this may be a great option.
Source: Business Traveller, HS1 To Run Entirely On Renewable Energy
3. How Solar Microgrids Are Empowering Women In Yemen
A project, run by the United Nations Development Programme, has been able to offer 10 women living in the north Yemen, ongoing employment in the form of building a solar microgrid. The microgrid project offers them the opportunity to not only earn a living and develop their skills, but also helps to break down some of the barriers to women working and being independent. Through this, they have been able to offer their community access to clean power. Awesome!
Source: Positive News, How Solar Projects Are Empowering Women in Yeman
4. These Sunglasses Are Made From the First Ever Batch of Plastic Waste Recovered by the Ocean Cleanup Project
One year after The Ocean Cleanup cleared the first plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the researchers on the project are turning the waste collected into designer sunglasses. The proceeds generated from the shades will go back to funding the nonprofit’s operations and help to clean up more ocean plastic. Pretty epic stuff!
Source: Good News Network, Sunglasses Made From Trash Recovered by Ocean Clean-up
5. World’s Largest Seagrass Restoration Project is a Virginia Success, Planting 600 Acres That Grow to Become 9,000
Let’s hear it for seagrass! This stuff is proving that when marine ecosystems are given time to recover they really can work wonders. The restoration project in Southeast Virginia saw 70 million eelgrass seeds spread over a 200-hectare plot off the eastern shore which has now grown to cover 3,612 hectares. The project, that took over 20 years, is now the largest seagrass restoration across the world.
Source: Good News Network, World’s Largest Seagrass Restoration Project is a Virginia Success
6. UK Urban areas now leafier than some national parks
Trees are winning in cities, in particular garden trees! Highly populated city areas have been found to have more trees than some national parks by an aerial survey carried out by Bluesky International. Apparently it’s not just us that love trees!
Source: Positive News, Stories From Week 43
As much as we have been hit with the heavy stuff a lot recently, it’s good to take a moment to look at some of the great things going on. The bad news can be overwhelming at times but in order to stay focused on the climate fight we have before us, we need to remain positive. We need to give these epic environmental stories the light they deserve and keep celebrating the wins!
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