Despite challenges, some developments show progress toward a more sustainable world, reminding that positive change is feasible, though more efforts are necessary to combat climate change
By Carlos Roa
Throughout 2023, we observed a stream of disturbing climate-related news. From the rise of extreme heat waves to warnings issued by experts about worsening climate phenomena and the continued rise of carbon pollution, concern was present in environmental conversations around the world.
But despite this causing a generalized feeling of heightened alert, a number of positive reports have emerged, bringing hope and balancing the general perception towards reasonable optimism.
Green Power in the News
Let’s start by celebrating the COP28 climate summit in Dubai, which wrapped up on December 13 with an unprecedented agreement across nearly 200 countries to phase out fossil fuels.
While the pact does not call for an immediate phase-out, it does represent a significant step, calling on nations to contribute to a transition to cleaner energy. This understanding marks the first time that all fossil fuels have been the subject of an agreement at the COP, a discussion that has never been had before.
Another encouraging sign is that the transition to greener vehicles is increasing its market share.
Fortune.com reported a 9% increase over last year, while the previous period’s increase was 7.3%. This shift in consumer preference is a positive step towards reducing emissions.
It was also reported that global efforts to eliminate ozone-depleting chemicals are yielding results. The expectation of full recovery of the ozone layer over most of the planet around 2040, supported by UN experts cited by Earth.org, is encouraging news.
Countries Doing Their Part
Canary Media reported that Portugal stood out by setting a historic milestone on Halloween: for more than six consecutive days, this country used exclusively renewable energy sources.
This achievement not only inspired other countries, but also aligned with the announcement of the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA detected a great boost to global investment in clean energy, following the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and the response to the global energy crisis.
Brazil also has excellent news. According to Reuters, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon fell by 64% in November compared to the same period last year, reflecting a renewed commitment to protect this vital rainforest, which is crucial as a carbon sink.
This information shows that, despite the challenges, there is reason to remain hopeful. The momentum toward a more sustainable world is gaining ground, although there is still much to be done.
It is these rays of light amidst the darkness that remind us that positive change is possible and that every step counts in the fight against climate change.