10 SIGNS OF INCREDIBLE CLIMATE PROGRESS
Here are 10 signs of incredible progress that show we can solve the climate crisis from 2018:
- China deployed over 60,000 military personnel to reforest the land. The project will plant over 32,000 square miles of trees. An area the size of Ireland.
China has reportedly reassigned over 60,000 soldiers to plant trees in a bid to combat pollution by increasing the country's forest coverage.
A large regiment from the People's Liberation Army, along with some of the nation's armed police force, have been withdrawn from their posts on the northern border to work on non-military tasks inland.
The majority will be dispatched to Hebei province, which encircles Beijing, according to the Asia Times which originally reported the story. The area is known to be a major culprit for producing the notorious smog which blankets the capital city.
California Passed a bill committing the state to 100% renewable Energy by 2045. To help get there new homes will be required to have rooftop solar panels.
Starting in 2020, new homes will be required to install solar panels and be more energy efficient.Not only will homeowners be getting clean energy they’ll use 50% less on average. The plane will lower CO2 emissions by nearly 500 million pounds every year. It will raise monthly mortgage costs by about $40 a month. But homeowners will save about $80 a month on utility bills. That’s good for californian's wallets and the planet too!
New Zealand banned all new offshore drilling projects.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern even committed the nation to 100% renewable electricity by 2035.
Israel Pledged to eliminate the use of coal, gasoline and diesel by 2030.
“We intend to reach a situation in which Israel’s industry will be based on natural gas, and most importantly, transportation in Israel will be based on natural gas or electricity,” Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said at an energy conference in Tel Aviv. “From 2030 onwards, the State of Israel will create alternatives and will no longer allow the import of cars that run on gasoline and diesel fuel.” -Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz
Costa Rica announced a plan to decarbonize by 2021. It will become the world’s first fully decarbonized country.
Costa Rica’s new president, 38-year-old former journalist Carlos Alvarado, recently announced a plan to make his country the first carbon-neutral nation in the world by 2021, the 200th anniversary of its independence.
“Decarbonization is the great task of our generation and Costa Rica must be one of the first countries in the world to accomplish it, if not the first,” Alvarado said in May in his inauguration speech. ”We have the titanic and beautiful task of abolishing the use of fossil fuels in our economy to make way for the use of clean and renewable energies.”
New York City Plans to completely Divest its pension funds from fossil fuels.
That will pull $5 billion of investments from oil, coal, and gas. The city is also suing oil companies to pay for the billions needed to protect New York from future climate disasters.
New York City is seeking to lead the assault on climate change and the Trump administration with a plan to divest $5bn from fossil fuels and sue the world’s most powerful oil companies over their contribution to dangerous global warming.
“New York City is standing up for future generations by becoming the first major US city to divest our pension funds from fossil fuels,” said Bill de Blasio, New York’s mayor.
“At the same time, we’re bringing the fight against climate change straight to the fossil fuel companies that knew about its effects and intentionally misled the public to protect their profits. As climate change continues to worsen, it’s up to the fossil fuel companies whose greed put us in this position to shoulder the cost of making New York safer and more resilient.”
Ireland not only became the first country to divest from fossil fuels, it also unveiled a plan to re-invest over $25 billion in a low-carbon transition.
The Republic of Ireland will become the world’s first country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies, after a bill was passed with all-party support in the lower house of parliament.
A message to the Irish government to divest from fossil fuels is spelled out in lights in front of the lower house of parliament. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland/Trócaire/350.org
“The [divestment] movement is highlighting the need to stop investing in the expansion of a global industry which must be brought into managed decline if catastrophic climate change is to be averted,” said Thomas Pringle, the independent member of parliament who introduced the bill. “Ireland by divesting is sending a clear message that the Irish public and the international community are ready to think and act beyond narrow short term vested interests.”
The U.S. Utility company Xcel Energy announced a zero emissions target of 2050. It’s the first major U.S. utility to set this kind of goal.
The energy world got some big news earlier this month: Xcel Energy, one of the biggest utilities in the US, committed to going completely carbon-free by 2050 (and 80 percent carbon-free by 2030)
Read more here: https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2018/12/5/18126920/xcel-energy-100-percent-clean-carbon-free
Around the world, over 100 gigawatts of new solar were installed in 2018… Enough to power 1 billion LED light bulbs.
The U.S. alone announced enough offshore wind to power 1.5 million homes
In 2018, wind and solar combined to pass the milestone of 1,000 gigawatts total installed capacity. That’s the equivalent of 1,600 coal plants.
2018 proved we already have the technology and know-how to solve climate change. Now we just need to scale it all up!