Good News Digest #16

Palm Springs, United States. Photo by    Kai Gradert    on    Unsplash   .

Palm Springs, United States. Photo by Kai Gradert on Unsplash.

 

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.

National Action

Switzerland announced plans to be carbon-neutral by 2050.

Germany's Cabinet approved a 40 billion euro plan to cushion the impact of abandoning coal on mining regions by 2038.

The US ratified a landmark international agreement that prevents unregulated commercial fishery in the high seas of the Central Arctic Ocean.

At the G7 Summit, Britain, France and Canada promised contributions worth almost $6 billion to the U.N.-backed Green Climate Fund.

Corporate Action

Ben & Jerry's, Lush Cosmetics and Patagonia will close their doors on Sept. 20 to encourage employees to join the Global Climate Strike, sending a message that they will not conduct "business as usual" while young people are demanding action.

KFC and Beyond Meat have partnered up to sell vegan fried chicken.

The German soccer club TSG Hoffenheim announced plans to become climate neutral by offsetting unavoidable CO2 emissions through a World Wide Fund Gold Standard project in Uganda.

The French Government unveiled the G7 Fashion Pact, a landmark sustainability accord signed by 32 fashion companies to reduce the environmental impact of the global fashion industry.

Transportation

Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced new incentives for driving electric cars: a $2,000 rebate for buying or lease an electric vehicle, and a $1,000 rebate for a plug-in hybrid car.

The Irish Government announced a plan to install up to 1,000 on-street charging points for electric vehicles.

Domino’s Pizza announced a partnership with Rad Power Bikes to deliver pizzas with e-bikes.

Quito Airport has become the first international airport in the entire Latin American and Caribbean region to achieve carbon neutrality.

Activism

Over 170 news outlets from around the world have pledged to Covering Climate Now, a project aimed at strengthening the media’s focus on the climate crisis leading up to the Sept. 20 Global Climate Strike.

The Environmental Voter Project, a nonpartisan effort to target untapped voters, is doubling in size ahead of the 2020 election.

Last week, there were protests in front of the UN in NYC, in San Francisco, Manchester (UK), at the London Heathrow Airport, and in Brisbane (Australia).

Biodiversity

Ecosia, a search engine that plants trees, saw a 1150% increase in daily searches in one day as people become aware of the Amazon fires.

Ireland plans to plant 440 million trees by 2040.

Wild Dolphin interactions with humans is now prohibited in New Zealand's Bay of Islands in order to restore the bottlenose dolphin population.

Of 23 bird species in England affected by climate change over the past 50 years, 19 have seen a positive effect.

Waste

Chilean startup SoluBag created a shopping bag that dissolves in water in 3 minutes, without leaving any toxic residue behind.

Three Indian cities, Mysuru, Mangaluru, Belagavi, will be transformed into zero-waste urban centers in six months.

Saudi Arabia will build a waste-sorting and recycling facility for construction debris, which will be turned into materials for road construction and housing projects.

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