5 Reasons To Be (Cautiously) Optimistic About Our Planet

As global temperatures rise and polar ice caps melt, we’re here to bring a little bit of hope
to you this Earth Day. Here are 5 China has been reducing its use of coal since
2013, Scotland closed its last coal plant in March, and not one but three major coal
companies in the U.S. filed for bankruptcy since January. Renewable energy and efficient technology
aren’t just improving, they’re getting cheaper. And, for the second year in a row, the world’s
economy grew while CO2 emissions remained flat. That means — for the first time since before
the industrial revolution — the strength of the global economy is not tied to carbon
emissions. In June, the Pope put out his encyclical on
the moral imperative to address climate change, and it had an impact all over the world! Meanwhile, some U.S. politicians are finding it
easier to admit that the climate is changing. One reason: scientists are louder than
ever about the real world dangers of inaction. From Australia to Peru, the public is fighting
for the planet. Bangladesh has seen a wave of protests against several new coal plants. Residents on one Thai island successfully
put a new coal project on hold…twice. And after public outcry, the Obama administration
put on hold plans to drill in the Atlantic. In 2014, the U.S. and China paved the way
for major climate negotiations between developed and developing countries. As a result, nearly
200 nations came together for the historic Paris deal, agreeing not to burn most of the
world’s fossil fuels. Already some countries are starting to make good on those
promises. So, are you starting to feel more optimistic? Good, because…While it’s a start, it’s not nearly enough. Maybe now you’ll turn those lights off when
you leave the room…


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