For some reason, not everything was bad this year.
Don’t get me wrong, 2020 was terrible. Covid-19 Causes unprecedented suffering around the world, Environmentally abused community The most difficult.. It also linked all other types of crises. poverty And Climate disaster..Oil industry AngryBut it’s still not worth celebrating. Because so many workers were fired in the process. Shareholder interests It was protected.
But, A few Glitter of hope for the future of our planet. Climate change enjoyed some big victories and pollutants took some major L’s. These are the five biggest victories for the planet in 2020.
Renewable energy boom
The energy industry has been hit hard by the plunge in fuel demand caused by the blockade of covid-19. However, renewable energy has proven to be resilient. 1 report found Almost 90% of new power infrastructure The ones installed this year are renewable, and by the end of 2020, the world’s renewable energy capacity will increase by 7%.
Globally, offshore wind has been a particularly wonderful year. A Bloomberg NEF analysis showed Investors invested $ 35 billion in new offshore wind projects in the first half of 2020. This is more than 300% higher than the same period in 2019. And in the United States, solar power is booming. An industry group survey announced This week, solar power is expected to rise 43% by the end of the year, showing that it is in close agreement with pre-pandemic forecasts by industry analysts.
Renewable energy is growing further in stores. Bloomberg analysts predict that by 2024, 1,123 gigawatts of wind and solar capacity will be introduced worldwide. This is more capacity than is currently available in the United States. New and exciting forms of renewable energy will also be online. May, Approved by Ohio General Assembly Proposal to build North America’s first freshwater offshore wind farm. It’s not easy to assemble, but when assembled it can generate 20.7 megawatts or enough power. 7,000 units Serves as a proof of concept elsewhere.
This all indicates that the transition from coal, oil and gas has already taken place, but it should not be left to the market.Rather, world leaders should Pour more money Move to clean electricity and ban fossil fuels to ensure that switching is done more quickly and in the right way.Need to protect Worker And Vulnerable community From the toughest parts of the transition, and we need to make sure that new energy sources are produced in a sustainable way. Man And that Planet.. Sure, there’s still a lot to do, but let’s stop and celebrate.
Dakota Access Pipeline went down
This summer, climate activists have won the battle they have fought for years. A Ordered by the judge The Dakota Access Pipeline needs to be closed. The district court found that the important federal permit given by the Army Corps of Engineers to the pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners had to be abandoned because it violated the National Environmental Policy Act.
The order was a response to Proceedings When the Standing Rock Sioux was launched by the masses four years ago Protest against the pipeline They had reached a heat pitch in their settlement. In the proceedings, leaders said underground oil pipelines would contaminate their main source of water and use it for drinking, fishing, and traditional ritual practices.
The victory was particularly encouraging, as the fossil fuel industry and its government allies were fighting very hard to keep the pipeline alive.Water Guardians 2016 Protest Violent attack By police, military, national guard, and military-style surveillance Private security company.. Obviously, powerful people really wanted to launch and carry out this terrifying project, and spared a lot of effort for it.
The battle is not completely over. The July ruling could still be appealed and overturned, and with regard to the movement, some water guardians may still be facing federal crime. Land them in jail for 110 years.. Authorities should immediately pardon them and the court should uphold an order to abandon the pipeline as a starting point on the road to justice.
Climate change leader wins election
The end of the Trump administration is certainly good news for the climate.President-elect announced Big climate plan— But Joe Biden in the presidential election Tapped people with Connection with the polluted industry Failed to commit to his management and plan Get off oil and gas.. Even more exciting is the Green New Deal, which will set foot on Capitol Hill in the next session.
An important climate leader has won the reelection.This includes Senator Alexandria Ocasiocortes and Senator Edmarkey, who introduced 2019 together. Green New Deal Resolution.. It also includes all personnel who are members of the AOC team. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley. All of these are the first day champions of the transformative climate agenda.In fact, as Earther Found earlier this yearOnly one of the 93 House co-sponsors of the Green New Deal resolution, who ran for reelection this year, lost the race.
Capitol Hill will also see some new faces in favor of big and bold environmental policies.There is a legislator-elect Jamal BowmanWon a parliamentary race in New York. He ran on a progressive platform without embarrassment, including supporting the transformative Green New Deal and reviewing US foreign policy to promote climate justice. Another freshman, Congressman-Elected Kori Bush, A powerful champion of environmental justice..There were some Quite encouraging victory Also below the ballot.
These victories show that polls have long shown us. The The majority of Americans Support climate variability measures.. If we are willing to fight for it, and for the candidates who push it forward, then there is a real future for transformative climate policy.
No Big Bank Funds Arctic Drilling
Bank of America Announcement When it stopped funding oil and gas drilling in the Arctic earlier this month, it joined Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Chase, Wells Fargo and Citibank to become the last major US bank to make this type of commitment. became. This is terrible news for companies looking to expand their drilling operations in the region, but great news for the planet.
The Bank of America announcement follows years of public pressure from climate change organizers. They have been in a particularly high level of heat since the coalition of environmental groups launched Stop the Money Pipeline last fall. Calling campaign The role of Wall Street companies in the climate crisis.
Commitment continued Crater oil priceMeans that banks are unlikely to see Anyway, big profits of oil and gas.Activists also if an energy company buys New Arctic lease, They will take those companies and the banks that fund them to court. Therefore, Bank of America did not make this announcement for purely altruistic reasons.But still, it’s good news and it shows that pressure You can work especially with the help of economics..
As always, there’s still a lot to do. Fossil fuel companies considering drilling may rely on small financial institutions such as private-equity funds. These small businesses tend to charge higher interest rates and expect faster returns on their investments, so it may not always be a safe bet, but it is still possible.
EEnvironmental and indigenous rights groups are still fighting to end the Arctic drilling and are preparing comments for submission to the federal government. Ask for input Banks, asset management companies, insurance companies, and even Public relations company To end the relationship with the pollutant.
Sign It’s never too late to make big changes
TScience has a climate crisis and environmental deterioration Deteriorating and that human behavior-really, Mainly strong behavior— Responsible.But many This year’s findings are shown again It’s never too late to change course.
When One flashy November study He claimed that the world had reached the “non-return point” of climate change, even if it stopped emitting carbon dioxide. The expert explained it.. They pointed out a credible climate model that shows that it is unscientific and the opposite is true.
It’s never too late to solve our big problem with plastic pollution.Yes, the world is on track Triple the amount of plastic We will throw it into the sea within just 20 years.But it’s the same the study Also, the world You can reduce that rate by 80% if: Leaders take the problem seriously..And the world leaders A type of Paris Agreement on plastics, Indicates that they may be just ready to do it.
Bold actions can also curb the global biodiversity crisis. A World Wildlife Fund Major Report In the world released this year, plant and animal populations have fallen 68% since 1970, which is horrifying.But UN researchers say that the world Failure to meet biodiversity goals, It can still be pursued A revolutionary change that reverses this downward trend. Restoring ecosystems, overhauling food systems to increase productivity, minimizing harm, shifting to a predominantly plant-based diet, increasing the number of pollen maters and stopping the use of fossil fuels I can do it.
There are many, but you have to do it. THis year Showed us that another world is possible. Getting there depends on how quickly you can act.