Hi everybody, I just finished making an ocean optimism presentation at The Marine Mammal Center for my staff and volunteers, and I figured that perhaps some of these optimistic stories of the past year might resonate for many of you. Please feel free to chime in with your feel-good stories of the year as well
In the last year, Nevada, New Mexico, New Jersey, and Minnesota all pledged to get 50% of their energy from renewable resources in the next 12 years. North Carolina also pledged to cut their emissions by 40% in the next 7 years.
California pledged to go 100% renewable by 2045, and even passed a law that requires all new homes to have solar panels installed.
Kaiser Permanente announced plans to be carbon neutral within the next two years
Lyft became a fully carbon neutral company
And the We are Still In Campaign (the US involvement in the Paris Agreement) now consists of 17 states, 280 cities and counties, over 340 colleges and universities, and over 2000 businesses and cultural institutions. All together, not including the US as a whole, the We Are Still Campaign is still the 2nd largest entity by GDP in the Paris Agreement (behind China).
As Paul Hawken once said "If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren't pessimistic, you don't understand data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore the earth and you aren't optimistic, you haven't got a pulse."