“The Future of Climate Change” is a monthly series: we choose 5 beautiful things that shaped the future of climate action in the past month.
If it makes the world a better place, we want to talk about it.
News on halting biodiversity loss, reducing carbon footprints, becoming carbon neutral, cleantech innovations, climate change solutions, and everything in between. 🌿
Plus! When you start looking, you’ll notice so much good happening. That’s why we had to include a Biodiversity & Sustainability bonus at the end!
So, if you're asking "is there any good news about climate change?" then yes -- here's the good climate news from February 2022!
With what is now called a historic vote, Italy made protecting the environment part of its constitution.
The Italian parliament approved a law that means:
The minister of Ecological Transition, Roberto Cingolani, said the law allows Italy to have “well-defined rules” for protecting the planet - especially as today’s actions will have consequences for future generations.
A rare and hard-fought conservation success story is finally happening: a century-long trend of wild tiger decline has finally been reversed.
A study by WWF shows tiger populations are increasing, partly because of several restoration efforts. One of them is the Tiger Summit.
The first Tiger Summit gathered experts to determine ways to conserve tiger populations across 13 countries. The first record of the tiger population recovering was in 2016, which was the first glimpse of hope.
“The 2010 Tiger Summit launched an unprecedented set of tiger conservation initiatives,” commented Stuart Chapman, head of the Tiger Summit, “The results show what can be achieved through long-term partnerships for species recovery. The dedication of field teams, conservation partners, and communities living in tiger territories has led to these extraordinary results.”
Researchers have received £10 million to take real action on halting biodiversity loss.
The grand plan of ‘Renewing biodiversity through a people-in-nature approach’ (RENEW) is to:
It’s a collaboration between researchers at the University of Exeter, the UK, and the National Trust. It received a grant from the Natural Environment Research Council.
After increased criticism over plastic pollution, Coca-Cola has pledged to change its packaging policies and make at least 25% of its packaging reusable by 2030.
The change will be implemented on:
"Reusable packaging is among the most effective ways to reduce waste, use fewer resources and lower our carbon footprint in support of a circular economy," commented Ben Jordan, senior director of packaging and climate at Coca-Cola.
This news is added to this list to highlight that putting pressure on corporations does work.
All there is to do now is hope Coca-Cola will really keep these promises and for other companies to follow suit.
Iceland is one of the few remaining countries that still hunts whales commercially. They’ve now pledged to ban whaling by 2024!
Even though the reasons behind it don’t seem to be protecting whales, it’s still amazing to see whaling will end there.
Iceland’s fisheries minister Svandis Svavarsdottir said the demand for whale meat has dramatically decreased and is no longer profitable.
With Iceland promising to end commercial whaling, Japan and Norway will be the last two remaining countries still allowing it.
Author note about the “Future of Climate Change” series: the climate crisis has become an inevitable part of our everyday lives, making it easy to get lost in Doomsday thoughts. In reality, attempts to halt climate change are happening all the time. The key is to notice them. That's what this series is about. Will you come back next month to read the new one?
Oh also, did you see the beautiful 12 Positive Climate Stories from 2021?
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