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Gabrielle Clawson | October 27, 2022 | 3 min read

7 Good Environmental News Stories From The Past Month That Will Make You Smile 

Get out your cable knit sweaters, because fall is in full swing! We hope you were able to take in all the beautiful weather and the gorgeous scenery as we wrap up another October with spooky costumes and candy galore. As spooky season comes to a close, we want to share some not-so-scary environmental stories that will be sure to brighten your day. 

From electric public transit to young people leading the climate fight, this month had plenty of climate wins to celebrate. So, snuggle up with a warm mug of apple cider or a spooky movie and say goodbye to October 2022 in the best way we know how — with good news!

electric bus

Oslo Becomes First Capital City With All-Electric Public Transit

Oslo is ahead of the curve when it comes to public transportation. Norway’s capital city is well on the way to becoming the first with all-electric public transportation. That means, no more diesel buses! This eco-friendly switch will also help reduce noise and air pollution throughout the city, improving the community for people to enjoy for years to come. As a global leader for clean transit, Oslo is inspiring cities around the world, showing them that clean transportation can happen!

windmill sunset

New Technology Could Help Energy Independence

Renewable energy is on the rise, and many people are trying to become more environmentally friendly in their own homes and businesses. Solar panels on your rooftop are now the best choice for clean energy, but there’s currently a rooftop wind device on the rise that could be a game changer for homes and businesses. Aeromine is a bladeless wind device that sits on a rooftop. Because it’s bladeless, this device is safer for birds and significantly quieter than wind turbines. This device can be paired with solar panels to achieve full energy efficiency and independence!

youth volunteers reforestation

Nature Projects Boosts Young People’s Mental Health

It’s no secret that young people have been spectacularly leading the climate fight for years. And while the fight has surely been taxing, a new report shows that nature projects have the ability to boost the mental health of our youth while improving the overall community. Participants of these nature projects in the UK cited a boost in confidence and overall well-being. They also noted that the projects helped them see that their actions truly do make a difference. You can help your community while helping yourself by getting involved in nature projects near you!

birds biodiversity

COP15 Can Help Us Improve and Restore Biodiversity

Many of us are more than aware of the Climate Change Conference that happens annually. This year, COP27 will be in Egypt, and countries will work together to determine ways to keep the world’s temperature from rising. However, there is another COP event that is just as crucial to the world’s environment. Instead of climate, COP15 focuses on biodiversity. This is an opportunity for countries to come together and determine ways to improve global biodiversity.

youth climate movement

Youth Leaders Are Getting a Platform At COP27

From Greta Thunberg to Vanessa Nakate, young people have been leading the climate fight for years. Now, they will be getting their platform at COP27. This will be the first year that children and other youth leaders will have an opportunity to attend the climate conference. The Children and Youth Pavilion will allow these leaders to become involved in policy discussions that will ultimately affect them for much longer. 

ozone layer

Harmful Chemicals in the Ozone Have Dropped

We’re on the right track! The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) latest report shows that harmful chemicals in the Ozone Layer have dropped 50% since 1980. The Ozone Layer is crucial to protect all living things from harmful UV radiation, and while we still have a lot of work to do to protect it, we can certainly celebrate this win!  

solar panels renewable energy

Four Countries Are Aiming for Total Clean Energy by 2030

Portugal, Denmark, Austria, and the Netherlands are making a move to transition away from fossil fuels. All four of these EU countries have announced accelerated transitions to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by the end of the decade, hopefully inspiring other countries to follow suit! 

Hungry for more positivity? We've got plenty of other good news stories from the past year. And if you're feeling inspired to create some good news of your own, consider planting a tree today!  

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

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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