It’s a bit doomy and gloomy out there. While it can seem like the bad stuff is getting worse, the good stuff is also getting better. So let’s celebrate that! It’s about time for some good news.
July 14, 2021
It’s a bit doomy and gloomy out there... between lockdowns, the Gulf of Mexico catching on fire and the US melting under a heat wave. Oh, and Australia ranking dead last in a UN review of countries’ climate action. Sigh. We hope you’re all doing ok out there!
While it can seem like the bad stuff is getting worse, the good stuff is also getting better. So let’s celebrate that! It’s about time for some good news.
Here are our favourite good green news stories from the last year.
110 countries have set net-zero carbon emissions targets for mid-century. That’s a big win for keeping the planet cool!
Forests in Brazil, Mongolia, Canada and central Africa are growing back. Since 2000, an area the size of France has come back to life. These trees have absorbed the equivalent of an entire year of US carbon emissions!
Leo, in collaboration with conservation scientists and organisations, has pledged to rewild the entire Galápagos Islands, as well as all of Latin America’s Pacific archipelagos.
Seaweed is a climate superhero. It grows super-fast, which means that it absorbs carbon at a much higher rate than land loving plants. The most exciting bit is that adding just a little bit of seaweed to cattle feed stops the methane burps that hurt our climate!
Fund investment in sustainable assets grew 96% between 2019 and 2020. Even “show me the money” types are seeing the green potential!
Ford and Volvo have committed to cutting out petrol and diesel vehicles in the European market by 2030. Audi and VW are close behind in 2035. Then this will be phased in across the rest of the world!
We just had to put this one in here. How cute! Like the foil sheets that stop your car from getting too hot, conservationists in Northern Italy have been putting reflective blankets on glaciers since 2008, to stop them from melting.
Shipping is one of those tricky-to-solve sources of carbon emissions. But in just 2 years, the world’s biggest shipping company will be putting a bit more green into the deep blue.
Property developers tend to bring to mind images of concrete and sky scrapers. But 7 big property firms are re-wilding London with pockets of greenery, bringing the birds and the bees back into the city.
These trees will be planted in populated city areas, to draw down carbon emissions, and help to prevent landslides. Win for people, win for the planet!
We don’t know about you, but we needed that lift! We hope you’re feeling better. and remember, there are silver (and green) linings to be found everywhere.