As we approach Mother’s Day, we’ve got to keep our eyes on Mother Earth. A lot of action is taking place in the environmental news-sphere and these are just a few of the highlights. A few important themes have emerged in April and the start of May that are worth monitoring: plastic bans and water shortage solutions.
Single-use plastic is getting the boot in communities across the world thanks to recognition on its harm to marine life symbolized by the Great Pacific garbage patch. I’m glad to see this movement pick up steam.
In addition, severe water shortage is faced by many communities globally and people have no choice but to innovate. Irresponsible water use will soon need to be curbed more rapidly, as the example of Cape Town reveals.
Finally, I’m particularly happy to hear about the success of a lawsuit brought by young people in Colombia to stop deforestation in the Amazon. Accepting the leadership of the youth is a vital part of the environmental paradigm shift. After all, they will soon inherit our environmental risks.
- Global policy makers are asking corporations to step up in order to find ways to fund biodiversity preservation (Science).
- The Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources works to ensure the protection of migratory bird species, once hunted following the bird-flu epidemic (BusinessMirror).
- The Cook Islands have received $3 million in aid to brace for the impacts of climate change (UN Environment News).
- A look into Brazil’s reforestation along the Atlantic on Anchieta Island (Mongabay).
- Australia plans to invest $379 million to protect and restore the Great Barrier Reef (Mongabay).
- More evidence showing local communities are needed to keep forest restoration on target (Forests News).
- A movement to learn ecological insights from indigenous knowledge called Traditional Ecological Knowledge is growing (Yale360).
- The Interfaith Rainforest Initiative is mobilizing religious leaders to protect the rain forests of the world (Mongabay).
- A group of young people took Columbia to court to stop rainforest deforestation in Amazon and won (Mongabay).
- Thai activists protect forest from a real estate development project (Guardian).
Water Shortage Solutions
- How Cape Town veered away from reaching “day zero” of water scarcity (Guardian).
- How different communities are finding innovative solutions to water scarcity (Yale360).
- Kenya’s plastic bag ban (UN Environment News).
- Deep Cove’s plastic straw ban in Vancouver (Global News).
- Chicago White Sox bans plastic straws at ballpark (Fox 10).
- Wimbledon’s plastic straw ban (Guardian).
- Westport, Ireland bans plastic straws (The Journal).
- Oakland, California bans plastic straws (One Green Planet).
- UK launches its UK Plastic Pact to reduce single-use plastics (Independent).
- Broader overview on the battle to ban plastic bags (The Conversation).
If you have any other positive news related to biodiversity or the environment that you’d like to share, please add it in the comments.