Good News Digest #18

 
 
Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Manila, United States. Photo by    Patrick Hendry    on    Unsplash   .

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Manila, United States. Photo by Patrick Hendry on Unsplash.

 
 

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.

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Pledges

U.K. — The National Farmers Union announced plans make British agriculture carbon neutral by 2040.

India — 200 countries signed the New Delhi Declaration last Friday, a pledge to address desertification, land degradation and biodiversity.

Corporations — Gucci will be carbon neutral by the end of Sept 2019 + Nestlé pledged net zero emissions by 2050.

Waste

India — The government plans to impose a ban on 12 items, including small plastic bottles, polystyrene and cigarette butts.

U.K. — The supermarket Sainsbury's will introduce refillable glass packaging to cut plastic waste.

Alaska — Anchorage City just began to enforce a stringent ban on plastic and biodegradable bags.

Transportation

Germany — Climate protesters protested outside a motor show in Frankfurt to demand a transition to electric and hydrogen vehicles.

Australia — Plans were announced to phase out natural gas, electrify bus fleets and public school buildings, and introduce incentives to buy electric cars.

Latin America — In a region with the highest use of buses per person globally, major cities are starting to adopt electric bus fleets, which will help meet climate targets, cut fuel costs, and improve air quality.

Activism + Solidarity

Australia — 1200+ companies have signed up to the Not Business As Usual campaign, which allows employees to attend the global climate strike.

D.C. — Activists are planning to strike and shut down traffic in order to stop ‘business-as-usual’ in the U.S. capital on Sept. 23.

Bahamas — Social media is helping survivors of Hurricane Dorian coordinate rescue missions and raise money.

Biodiversity

Denmark — Individuals and companies have donated about €2.4 million ($2.67 million) for tree-planting.

U.S. — The EPA announced it will stop conducting or funding animal testing on mammals by 2035.

West Virginia — As coal grows obsolete, The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective offers former coal miners a future in beekeeping.


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