Good News In 2014: 5 Stories That Gave Us Hope

As the year comes to an end, let’s reflect on all the positive change that humanity created for the world, and go out on a good note! Here are some highlights from our most recent trip around the sun.

  1. The U.S./China Agreement: Two of the most powerful nations in the world finally sat down and, together, made concrete plans to curb carbon emissions in the (somewhat) near future, eventually leading to zero emissions. Economically, environmentally, politically, and socially, this was a groundbreaking event in international relations.U.S. President Barack Obama Visits China
  2. Over 400,000 at The People’s Climate March: Centered in NYC but with support coming from cities worldwide, almost half a million people marched in unison, demanding immediate action take place to  address climate change, as the world’s leaders met at the UN headquarters in Manhattan. Representing one population – that of all humanity – those who participated or at least partook in a conversation helped unveil the reality that is climate change is occurring rapidly and shows no prejudice, making it a global concern.HT_nyc_light_brigade_peoples_climate_march_jt_140914_16x9_992
  3. Blackfish Inspire’s Sea World Backlash: After audiences were shocked to tears by the documentary  Blackfish – revealing the bloody history of animal abuse and human endangerment that has occurred at Sea World and similar parks for decades – public outcry led to a plummet in the industry, and could likely lead to the future banning of such tourist attractions.orca-whale_00289875
  4. High Eco-Fashion: FINALLY the demand for consciously crafted fashion was high enough to inspire major labels – like Gucci and Stella McCartney – to branch out and include eco-chic collections among their seasonal lines. As the trend continues, slowly both consumers and producers will realize this is a highly profitable – and ethical – business whose practices should have been adopted long ago.Libertine 2
  5. NY Bans Fracking: Though hydraulic fracturing has been effective in extracting natural gas, it’s also proven to be the cause of a long list of environmental and human health issues – enough that New York became the second state after Vermont to ban it!

Slowly, but surely, environmental issues are getting recognized not as a part of a singular, separate subject but as major pieces in a much greater, connected puzzle. Hopefully 2015 will bring more headlines like these!

Allison Beauregard

Allison is a New York City based writer with a focus on sustainability. Her work demonstrates how it is possible to have the “things” that make us happy without compromising the resources that provide these goods. With this vision, Allison sees a future where environmental degradation is reversed and the quality of human life is equally distributed. She is the Category Editor of The Franklin Report and was among the top 5 contributors for Elephant Journal in October 2014.

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