Humans are changing our planet so rapidly. From zero-waste food, to fighting the plastic crisis to fashion, we take a look at the role we can play on planet Earth.
Renewable Energy Surpasses Coal for the First Time in the United States
Renewable energy sources, including solar, wind, and hydropower, generated more electricity than coal for the first time in the United States. This news shows that the transition to clean energy is possible and highlights the potential for continued growth in the renewable energy sector.
Global carbon emissions are declining: According to the latest reports, global carbon emissions have been declining steadily for the past few years. This is mainly due to the increased use of renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power, and the phasing out of fossil fuels in many countries.
Costa Rica Goes 300 Days on Renewable Energy
Since 2019, Costa Rica achieved a major milestone by going 300 days on renewable energy, primarily hydropower, wind, and geothermal. This news demonstrates the potential for small countries to make significant progress in reducing their carbon footprint and transitioning to sustainable energy sources. Costa Rica is a Rainforest Trust hotspot, where their work on the ground saving wildlife corridors through the region and working with local conservation groups to educate locals, set up park and forest wardens is finally really paying off! The variety of projects can be viewed here.
Plastic Pollution Awareness Gains Momentum
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in public awareness about the issue of plastic pollution, with more people taking action to reduce their plastic use and governments implementing policies to address the issue. This news shows that public awareness can lead to positive change and highlights the potential for continued progress in reducing plastic waste. Watch Blue Planet by the BBC, for some truly eye opening footage of the human impact on the natural world.
Plastic waste reduction efforts are paying off: Governments and businesses around the world have been taking significant steps to reduce the amount of plastic waste generated. This includes bans on single-use plastics, the introduction of plastic recycling programs, and the development of more sustainable packaging options. These efforts are starting to show results, with many countries reporting a reduction in plastic waste.
China Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2060
China announced a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. This news is significant given that China is the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases and demonstrates a growing recognition among global leaders of the urgent need to address climate change. United Nation's COP 27 - Pledges.
Great Barrier Reef Shows Signs of Recovery
In 2020, a study found that the Great Barrier Reef, which has suffered from coral bleaching and other environmental damage in recent years, is showing signs of recovery. This news highlights the potential for conservation efforts to make a positive impact on threatened ecosystems and underscores the importance of continued efforts to protect the world's biodiversity. This means so much.
Conservation efforts are protecting endangered species: Conservation efforts to protect endangered species, such as elephants, rhinos, and tigers, are starting to pay off. Several species have seen increases in their populations, thanks to measures such as habitat restoration, anti-poaching patrols, and the crackdown on the illegal wildlife trade. This is the EXACT work that Rainforest Trust has been doing for the last 25 years.
So what are the problems we are facing and what small steps can we take to help? From flying less frequently for work or business to small changes in our habits and products....
Climate change remains one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time. In recent years, we've seen an increase in extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and the loss of biodiversity. A recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) revealed that the world is on track to warm by 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by 2040, and that urgent action is needed to limit the worst effects of climate change. This news underscores the importance of reducing our carbon emissions and transitioning to renewable energy sources as quickly as possible.
THE POSITIVE: The adoption of electric vehicles is on the rise: The adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) is increasing rapidly around the world. In many countries, governments are incentivising the purchase of EVs, and automakers are investing heavily in the development of new EV models. This shift towards electric transportation is expected to significantly reduce carbon emissions in the coming years.
Conservation efforts are crucial for protecting the planet's biodiversity and preserving natural habitats. Recently, the US government announced plans to protect 30% of the country's land and water by 2030, a move that could help prevent the extinction of endangered species and promote sustainable land use practices. In addition, a new study found that re-wilding efforts could be an effective way to combat climate change, as restoring natural habitats can help sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
THE POSITIVE: Rainforest Trust and other philanthropic organisations commit $1B USD to Help Protect 30 Percent of the Ocean by 2030. This is one of many amazing projects happening around the world.
Rainforest Trust focuses on saving real acres of rainforest through land purchases and designations. Each of our projects has been identified as crucial to preserving critical habitat for endangered species. For more than 30 years, we have been safeguarding rainforests and protecting habitat for endangered species.
Plastic pollution is a major environmental issue, with millions of tons of plastic waste entering our oceans and landfills each year. However, there is some positive news on this front. A recent study found that plastic waste in the ocean could be reduced by up to 80% if all countries implemented a comprehensive set of policies to address the issue. This could include measures such as banning single-use plastics, implementing plastic recycling programs, and promoting sustainable alternatives.
Sustainable living is becoming increasingly popular as people look for ways to reduce their environmental footprint. The rise of circular fashion, which promotes clothing made from sustainable or recycled materials, encourages a circular economy model, where clothes are recycled or repurposed rather than discarded, this keeps factories running, people in jobs as well as reusing huge amounts that would otherwise go into landfill.
In addition, more people are adopting plant-based diets or higher plat percentages, which can have a positive impact on the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting sustainable land use practices. This includes food usage and we have some great ideas coming to save food waste... keep an eye out on the blog soon!
THE POSITIVE: Sustainable agriculture practices are gaining popularity: Sustainable agriculture practices, such as regenerative farming and agroforestry, are gaining popularity among farmers around the world. These practices prioritise soil health, biodiversity, and ecosystem services, and can help to mitigate the impact of climate change. As more farmers adopt these practices, we can expect to see more resilient and sustainable food systems.
Staying informed about eco news is important for anyone who cares about the environment. By keeping up-to-date with the latest developments, we can make better choices and take action to protect the planet. From climate change and conservation efforts to plastic pollution and sustainable living, there are many important issues to be aware of. By working together, we can create a more sustainable future for ourselves and for generations to come.