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7 Positive Environmental
Stories From July 2021

Kaylee Brzezinski |  July 29, 2021 | 5 min read

7 Good Environmental News Stories from the Past Month that will Make You Smile 

What a summer it has been! Climate change has been at the forefront of every nature lover's mind this summer. With record breaking droughts, an earlier fire season, and massive floods around the world it can be very hard to focus on the good. If we don't focus on the good however, it can be difficult to continue forward in action. So clear your mind of all that rough stuff and come along with us on a journey of positivity with some GOOD NEWS! 

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EU Unveils Sweeping Climate Change Plan

This month, the European Union announced their plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The plan includes several bold proposals to parliament such as plans to tax jet fuel, ban the sale of petrol and diesel powered cars within 20 years. While by governmental and society standards this plan seems like it has intentions to make big impacts, environmentalists like Greta Thunberg are still pushing for more drastic change saying that unless the EU "tears up" its proposals, "the world will not stand a chance of staying below 1.5C of global heating". But hey, better to have a conversation moving and some sort of action taking place! 

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Goats Brought to NYC Park to Munch on Invasive Species

NYC Parks hosted their second annual "Running of the Goats" which is an event where animals are brought in to remove invasive species by grazing. Organizations that took part in the event have been focusing on the removal of invasive species like porcelain berry, English ivy, mugwort, multiflora rose and poison ivy. We know what you're thinking, "Isn't eating poison ivy bad for the goats?!". Nope! Goats are actually immune to the allergens in poison ivy. Their passion for eating and speedy grazing pace makes goats super invasive species removers!

Reforestation Projects: The July 2021 Update 

Another month has flown by and you know what that means: another Reforestation Update that's chock-full of project stories, fun facts and tree puns to brighten your day! From Haiti and Minnesota to Mexico and California, tune in for some fresh-from-the-field updates courtesy of our awesome forest ambassadors Kyleigh and Nicole!

Tonagass National Forest

Biden to Restore Protections for Tongass National Forest in 'Critical Step' for Climate

A huge sigh of relief for Tongass National Forest arrived this month when President Biden and the Department of Agriculture announced that forest protections were put back in place after being rescinded three months before leaving office by former President Trump in a bid to open millions of acres to industrial logging. These protections will also reinstate the "Roadless Rule" which barres companies from construction and large-scale logging in more than half of the 16 million acre forest, which includes five million acres of old-growth trees such as Sitka spruce trees that date back at least 800 years. Congratulations Tongass National Forest!

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One Tree Planted & SUGi Partnering to Plant 5 Urban Forests

We're thrilled to announce that One Tree Planted is partnering with SUGi to plant 15,000 trees of 185 native species across 4,700 square meters to create 5 urban forests around the world. Together, we're restoring a degraded temperate rainforest on the coast of Cornwall in the UK and rehabilitating a cattle farm as a sanctuary for native species in Queensland, Australia. Add to that the transformation of a de facto parking lot into a community hub in suburban Chile and the creation of a dense forest to shade suburban residents from southern France's intense summer heat, plus a new community forest on the site of a former landfill in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Each of these pockets of biodiversity has been carefully selected to maximize our collective impact.

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Planting Extra Trees Will Boost Rainfall Across Europe

It's not always common knowledge that forests are a vital component to the water cycle! When it rains, trees absorb water through their roots, use a little for their own growth, and send the rest up their trunks to the branches and leaves. From there, the water is released as vapor from tiny stomata in the leaves. The water vapor floats up up and away, eventually condensing into clouds somewhere far away to create new rain. And the cycle repeats itself. 

A new study found that converting agricultural land to forest would boost summer rains by 7.6% on average in Europe. These researchers also found that adding trees changed rainfall patterns far downwind of the new forests. 

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Orchid Thought to be Extinct Found on Top of Roof 

You never know where nature will pop up! Serapis parviflora, also known as small-flowered tongue orchid was found in a rooftop garden in London atop the Japanese investment bank Nomura.  This orchid is typically found in the Mediterranean basin and the Atlantic coast of France, Spain and Portugal and this is only the second time the species has been found in the UK.

It is unknown how the orchid found itself in this rooftop garden but the garden manager said, “Orchid seeds are incredibly small and can travel great distances by wind. The plants could have originated on the continent and been brought over the Channel on southerly winds which frequently bring Saharan dust deposits to the capital. Once settled on the Nomura roof the seeds would have formed a symbiosis with a mycorrhizal fungus enabling them to germinate and grow. While possible, the odds are astronomical.”

 If you want to make sure your cup stays half full every month be sure too keep an eye out for our Reforestation Updates which occur on our YouTube channel the first Tuesday of every month! And of course we put out good news every month too but if you need it RIGHT NOW check out more good news from recent months to really ramp up the positivity! 

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Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

As the need for reforestation is global and ever-changing, we feature where trees are most needed now. For Treecember, we're planting trees that support a global forest fire recovery fund. Learn more

With your help, we will:

  • Reforest lands damaged by record-setting fires
  • Support healthy habitat for iconic biodiversity
  • Plant tree species that will help reduce future fire impact
  • This holiday season, we’re planting trees in areas around the world that have been severely affected by forest fires and aren't able to recover a healthy ecosystem on their own. The most common naturally-caused wildfires occur during droughts or dry weather, and under these circumstances, trees and other vegetation are converted to flammable fuel. Human-caused forest fires can be a result of various activities like unregulated slash and burn agriculture, equipment failure or engine sparks, and discarded cigarettes.

    After wildfires, reforestation is essential in areas where the fire intensity burned off available seed supply within the soil, and/or where there are not enough healthy trees still growing and producing new seeds nearby. Reforestation starts once professional assessments have been made to determine where human intervention would be the most ecologically beneficial. Help restore these vital ecosystems by planting a tree. 🌿
  • Every year, forest fires are increasing in size and severity, damaging vital ecosystems and creating a need for millions of trees. Some major consequences of forest fires include significant loss of wildlife, loss of vegetation, soil erosion, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions.

    With so much fire damage, reforestation is essential to catalyze the environmental recovery process. The trees are carefully planted to prevent invasive species from colonizing burn scars and restore quality habitat for native biodiversity. One Tree Planted is connecting with on-the-ground partners to establish viable reforestation projects when the recently affected regions are ready for planting. This fund will contribute to planting projects in British Columbia, Idaho, Ghana, Portugal, and beyond. Let's get to work! 🌲
  • A personalized tree certificate (see gallery) to say thanks for your donation. We'll also send you updates about this project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • To maximize the impact of your donation, our partners on the ground will determine the most appropriate species of tree and shrubs. We only plant native tree species that will restore the local ecosystem, re-establish wildlife habitat, and reduce the likelihood of future fires.

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