Good News Digest #11

 

We need good news.

Bad news related to climate change is hitting us at all angles. Fear and urgency are dominating the climate conversation. Yet positive climate stories and solutions are equally, if not more effective drivers of climate action.

They prove that solutions are working and are ready to be scaled. They show that nature is resilient and comes up with surprising ways of preserving itself. They send a clear signal to governments, policymakers, corporations and the wider public that there is a growing demand for cleaner technology and climate policy.

If you feel like you are drowning in bad news, we have collected lasts week’s climate change success stories to get you through the week.

PLEDGES + DECLARATIONS

G20 — All members, except the US, pledged full commitment to the Paris climate deal.

NYC — The New York City Council declared a climate emergency. It passed legislation on Wednesday calling for an immediate response to the global climate crises.

Denmark — The new government pledged to introduce binding decarbonization goals and strengthen its 2030 target to reduce emissions by 70% instead of 40% below 1990 levels.

France — Set a goal to cut emissions and go carbon-neutral by 2050.

Zurich — Zurich Insurance Group Ltd. has pledged to utilize 100% renewable power in all global operations by the end of 2022.

CLIMATE BILLS

UK — The new target to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 became law.

Maine, US — Governor Janet Mills signed into law three major pieces of bipartisan legislation that will help usher in renewable energy in Maine, create clean energy jobs, and fight climate change.

Canada — The Vancouver city council voted in favor of demanding fossil fuel companies pay their share of costs related to the impacts of climate change.

Oregon, US — Gov. Kate Brown announced she is prepared to use her executive powers and direction of state agencies to push the carbon cap-and-trade bill.

ACTIVISM

Madrid, Spain — Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Madrid on Saturday to oppose the newly elected conservative mayor's decision to reverse car pollution restrictions.

Berlin, Germany — 500 students formed a human chain in front of the entrance of the German parliament in a protest organized by Fridays for Future.

Paris, France — The French interior minister has ordered an investigation into why police used tear gas on climate protesters from Extinction Rebellion on Monday.

Washington, D.C. — Around 100 Sunrise Movement activists rallied outside the DNC headquarters demanding a climate change debate among the 2020 presidential candidates.

RENEWABLE ENERGY

U.S. — For the first time, the U.S. got more electricity from renewables than coal.

Australia — The South Australia Liberal government announced it expects the state will be powered 100% by renewables by 2030.

Abu Dhabi — The Noor Abu Dhabi project, with a total capacity of 1,177MW, now operates as the largest operational single site solar project in the world.

DECARBONIZATION

ExxonMobil — The oil and gas giant is partnering with Global Thermostat to advance technology to capture carbon dioxide emissions from industrial sources and the atmosphere.

UK — The Cheshire plant, UK’s country’s largest carbon capture project, will turn 40,000 tonnes of CO2 a year into useful products (ie. antacid, eyedrops).

Europe — US company Eaton’s Lighting is planning on powering 6 European football stadiums with old batteries from Nissan electric cars.

Finland — Finnish startup Solar Food plans to sell 50m carbon-neutral and protein-loaded meals made from electricity, water and air in supermarkets within 2 years.

GREEN FUNDING

India — The Indian government has formally proposed amendments to the country’s transport regulations to include incentives for electric vehicles.

Rwanda — The Coalition for Green Capital (CGC) investment fund is helping Rwanda to further expand its climate initiatives.

G20 — In an open letter to the “governments of the world,” 477 investors managing more than $34 trillion in assets (nearly half the world’s invested capital) are demanding urgent climate action.

WASTE

Japan — The world’s 2nd biggest producer of plastic waste per capita vowed to tackle waste at the G20 summit. 

Wimbledon — Participants are no longer allowed to use plastic coverings for new rackets. 4,500 fewer plastic bags will be used at this year’s Grand Slam.

Prada — Launched Re-Nylon, a collection of nylon bags made from regenerated nylon instead of virgin plastic. It also announced its intention to replace all new nylon in its collections with ECONYL nylon by 2021.

Igloo — The cooler company is now selling the world’s first biodegradable cooler.

MillerCoors — Developing biodegradable rings for beer cans to reduce plastic in a partnership with Footprint.

Pacific Ocean — Volunteers of the Ocean Voyages Institute retrieved 40 tons of abandoned fishing nets in an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.


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