Signals of Hope
Updated: Jul 29, 2022
Amid all the discouraging reporting from mainstream media there are still "Signals of Hope" about climate change if you look for them:
DailyClimate.org "pushes good journalism and science into public discussion and public policy on environmental health issues, including climate change."
PBS NewsHour noted that over 1,900 local TV meteorologists are now regularly addressing the impacts of climate change in their weather reports due to service called Climate Matters which provides a weekly package featuring the latest vetted climate science, along with broadcast-ready graphics.
Wired reports some positive news about climate change.
World Wildlife Federation offers Good News About Climate Change.
With and investment of $1.1 billion from John and Ann Doerr, along with gifts from other philanthropists Stanford University will launch a new School of Sustainability in September 2022.
in 2021 President Joe Biden reintroduced the U.S.A. back into the 2015 Paris Climate accord. The Biden administration launched the National Climate Action Taskforce. Last year's $1.2 trillion infrastructure package has billions for climate tech, and new rules on offshore wind development, worker heat protection standards and vehicle fuel economy.
In February 2021 Jeff Bezos committed $10 billion to address climate change.
In February 2021 Bill Gates wrote How to Avoid a Climate Disaster and the Gates Foundation began funding research into various technologies that could aid in the fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In April 2021 Elon Musk announced he is funding a $100 million X-prize for carbon removal technology.
In May 2021 shareholders of Exxon Mobil elected two board members nominated by by investors who pledged to steer the company toward cleaner energy and away from oil and gas.
In 2021 at COP26 in Glasgow countries came back and made commitments to limit deforestation, methane and overseas coal finance.
At COP26 144 countries made commitments to stop deforestation and $19.2 billion was pledged to that end.
In 2021 155 countries submitted new NDCs; 83 countries announces net-zero targets; G7 + China committed to halt overseas finance for coal according to the World Resources Institute.
In 2021 1,000+ cities committed to net zero.
In 2021 2,000+ companies have set science-based targets; climate tech investments reached $43 billion.
There is exponential growth in electric vehicles and transportation accounts for 24% of energy-related CO2 emissions.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought us closer to understanding the impact of zoonotic spillover caused by deforestation, wildlife trade and population growth and there is a shift from reaction to prevention.
Frontline communities, particularly in lower income countries and among BIPOC people most effected by climate change, are increasingly raising their voices about climate justice and taking local actions. There is a shift in framing the problem not just about carbon but on loss, damage and people.