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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

As the need for reforestation is global and ever-changing, we feature where trees are most needed now. Today, we're raising funds to plant with Indigenous communities in the Andes Mountains. Learn more

With your help, we will:

  • Recover areas degraded by agricultural use
  • Protect watersheds upstream of countless families and villages
  • Reforest landscapes with strong cultural ties to Indigenous communities
  • The Andes Mountains of South America used to have abundant forest coverage, but a growing population and increasing agricultural production have caused significant deforestation. The forests of the Andes are critical for the Indigenous populations who rely on them for food, water, and jobs. But their impact goes far beyond the communities living nearby; the Andes' watersheds drain into the Amazon basin, supplying water to innumerable communities and cities downstream. Thank you so much for your support of healthy forests! 🌲
  • Our amazing partners are leading a Latin America-wide initiative to restore 1 million hectares of high Andean forest across 6 countries over the next 25 years. As part of the annual tree-planting festival Queuña Raymi, trees will be planted with the guidance of local leaders using ancient Incan traditions, preserving the landscape and Indigenous culture. The tree planting will help restore wetlands, safeguard existing forest, and protect critical Amazon headwaters.
  • 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.
  • Our partner has chosen trees that will bring the greatest overall benefit to the region. This includes various types of Polylepsis trees which are native to the Andes and have adapted to the extremely high altitude.

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