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7 POSITIVE ENVIRONMENTAL STORIES FROM OCTOBER 2021

Kaylee Brzezinski | November 1,  2021 | 6 min read

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

Autumn is in full swing! The vibrancy of fall alone can put a smile on your face but we are back again this month with some more good environmental news that will be sure to brighten your day. This month we'll be covering topics on solid science to a rare wildlife spotting and reforestation updates to musical sustainability initiatives. 

So buckle up and be prepared for some extreme positivity! 

Coldplay

Coldplay Announces world tour with a positive impact

One Tree Planted is proud to announce that we will be working with Coldplay to plant one tree for every ticket sold around the band’s Music Of The Spheres World Tour through a global reforestation agreement to create positive environmental impact. The tour is set to kick off in Costa Rica in March of 2022.In 2019, Coldplay announced that they would pause touring until concerts could be “environmentally beneficial” and have taken this time to develop the best possible strategy to minimize the carbon footprint of touring. Now, with the announcement of their upcoming world tour, along with a new album, Music Of The Spheres, the band is also unveiling a new focus on sustainability.

protest sign

Case Closed: 99.9% of studies find climate change to be human caused

The UN's recent IPCC report, confirmed that “it is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land. Widespread and rapid changes in the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and biosphere have occurred.” Not only does this report support this, but also 99.9% of reports on climate. But we already knew that, right? To address climate change, consensus is needed from governments around the world about both the severity of the issue and its root causes. This frank opening to the report indicates that consensus is coming, which is a huge step for climate science and policy going forward.

Glasgow Scotland

COP26 commences in glasglow

Established by the United Nations in 1995, COP stands for Conference of the Parties. Parties are the signatories of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) — a 1994 treaty with 197 Parties (196 countries and the EU). This year's conference, called COP26, will be the 26th COP and will be hosted by the UK. It will take place in Glasgow from October 31st-November 12th and will welcome up to 25,000 attendees ranging from world leaders to protesters, businesses and nonprofits like One Tree Planted. 

owl

Rare Owl Photographed in Wild for First Time

Shelley's eagle owls are the largest owls that live in Africa's rainforests, however they have been in hiding and unseen for some time .In fact, there have been no confirmed photographs of the species taken in the wild since scientists first catalogued its existence 150 years ago. This month scientists snapped a photo of the elusive bird! 

Reforestation Projects: The October 2021 Update

From Plant a Tree Day events happening across the globe to updates from the field in Ethiopia, England and Maine, we're so excited to share our October 2021 Reforestation Update! As always, tune in below to hear more from our awesome forest Ambassadors Kyleigh and Nicole!

woman planting with baby

A Clean and healthy environment is now a human right

On October 8th, the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva passed a resolution recognizing access to a healthy and sustainable environment as a universal right! According to David Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Environment, “Professionally that was probably the most thrilling experience that I ever have had or that I ever will have. It was a massive team victory. It took literally millions of people, and years and years of work to achieve this resolution”. It's hard to believe that something like this must be declared as a human right however in doing so creates hope that there will be a greater shift in protecting the environment. 

mangroves

Mangrove photo contest winners reveal majesty of these coastal forests

The 7th annual Mangrove Photography Awards attracted a record number of submissions from 65 countries. Because of the wide-range of participants around the world, the contest revealed the diverse and incredible beauty that mangroves exude. Mangroves play a vital role in our tropical and subtropical ecosystems. Found where the ocean meets land, they protect our coastlines and keep our beaches beautiful.

Hungry for more positivity? We've got plenty more good news stories from the past year. And if you're feeling really inspired, consider planting a tree today

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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

As the need for reforestation is global and ever-changing, we feature where trees are most needed now. Today, we're raising funds to jumpstart forest fire recovery in British Columbia. Learn more

With your help, we will:

  • Restore landscapes damaged by a historic season of wildfires
  • Create habitat for iconic biodiversity like the moose and grizzly bear
  • Support old-growth management areas to maintain complex ecosystems
  • This reforestation initiative is helping to restore the landscape in British Columbia after the Hanceville fire burned over 590,000 acres in 2017 and natural regeneration has not occurred. The fire has impacted the forest, soils, riparian ecosystems, wildlife, and water quality. Local indigenous communities have seen their ability to hunt and gather food drastically altered. But your support will go a long way! The goal of planting trees here is to not only re-establish a healthy forest, but also to plant species that will be resilient in the face of climate change. Thank you so much for your support of healthy forests! 🌲
  • Planting trees will catalyze the process of returning the area to a forested state. Newly planted trees will begin the process of sequestering atmospheric carbon, and over time improve the hydrological benefits of the forest. The ecosystems that have been greatly simplified by extreme fire conditions will once again become complex ecosystems, This project will also create habitat for many local wildlife species including mule deer, moose, black and grizzly bear, wolves, sandhill cranes, various raptors, songbirds, and small mammals.
  • 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.
  • B.C.'s rich forest diversity includes more than 40 different species of native trees, with some of Canada’s most interesting and valuable tree species. In this project, we made efforts to maximize species diversity, including the following species: Douglas-fir, lodgepole pine, hybrid spruce, ponderosa pine, trembling aspen.

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