Looking for some of the most positive climate change news stories from 2022?
Our top 10 looks back at some of the best moments of the year.
Here we are celebrating the end of 2022 and getting ready to approach the new year ahead. One Tribe is delighted to share with you 10 positive new stories across 2022 that have made a significant impact on the way that we address climate change and how we take action to protect the planet.
As we head towards a carbon neutral future and aim to meet net zero targets for 2030, here’s some of the positive climate change news stories of 2022 that have helped to make a difference this year.
The 2022 new year kicked off positively when we caught wind in January that Rihanna had donated $15 million to help combat climate change.
The music, beauty and fashion icon adopted a crucial new title to her resume: climate justice supporter, when she donated to numerous organisations that help marginalised victims of climate change.
The funds contributed to improving the lives of women, LGBTQIA+ people, ethnic minority groups, and indigenous peoples who are disproportionately impacted by the effects of global warming.
She explained in a statement that climate disasters are ‘growing in frequency and intensity’ but ‘do not impact all communities equally’. Communities of colour and island nations bear a large brunt of the problems caused by the climate crisis such as land degradation, flooding and encroachment. Most importantly, they are often not supported by the world’s governments. We love that Rihanna is work work work-ing on climate justice!
Previously threatened by land grabs, cattle ranchers, and drug traffickers, the forest has already seen major improvement, expanding 25 kilometres in the last year and continuing to expand.
Farmers in Wales will now be rewarded financially by the Welsh government for their environmental efforts, such as tree planting, wildlife restoration, and using more sustainable methods of food farming.
The new Sustainable Farming Scheme also establishes Wales as the first country in the UK to introduce a total ban on snares and glue traps, which catch animals indiscriminately and cause a great deal of suffering, so has set precedent for a better standard of animal welfare.
For over 500 years, indigenous peoples have been excluded from institutional politics. But this year marked a huge victory for the underrepresented communities, when Celia Xakriaba and Sonia Guajajara became the first indigenous women to be elected as Federal Deputies in Brazil.
This is a phenomenal win for indigenous rights, anti-racism, agri-business, the demarcation of indigenous territories, and for the environment.
In 2014, Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez and Pierre Paslier, two university students, founded Notpla, after meeting while studying Innovation Design Engineering at Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art.
In 2022, just 8 years later, their sustainable, plastic-like packaging concept, was awarded one of the five annual Earthshot Prizes. This prestigious award means that Notpa were given $1.2 million to develop their climate innovations further. Hoping to improve plastic waste issues for the indefinite future.
The unexpected arrival was discovered by rangers carrying out checks on a herd of bison in West Blean and Thornden Woods, near Canterbury. The calf’s mother was one of three female bison released into the woodland in July 2022 as part of the wilding initiative, to combat the climate and biodiversity crises
Described by The Atlantic as ‘Probably the best day for climate action in American political history’ on 7th August, 2022, the Senate overcame 30 years of indecision and passed the Inflation Reduction Act, the nation’s first comprehensive climate bill.
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is a $369bn package of climate investments that Biden also called the “most significant legislation in history,” set to tackle the climate crisis. Estimates suggest it could cut US greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030, changing the future of carbon, and help the world to meet important carbon neutrality targets.
The Sharm El Sheikh coral reefs have long drawn tourists to the Red Sea peninsula and are among the most biodiverse in the world, home to over a thousand different species of fish and more than 350 coral species. Not far off the 400 coral species found in the great barrier reef.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) took climate action and announced at COP27 that they would invest $15 million (€14.9 million) to the Global Fund for Coral Reefs to save the reefs.
“In the face of an intensifying climate crisis, USAID’s investment in the Red Sea Initiative will help to drive a nature-positive economic transition while boosting the climate resilience of coastal communities in Egypt,” says UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner.
With residential housing accountable for around 20% or carbon emissions, sustainable homes have been hot on the agenda for the duration of 2022. Creating environmentally-friendly housing has been explored with Passivhaus and heat pumps, but what if we could erect a house completely from natural, sustainable sources – like wood flour?
A team from US University of Maine have recently created a 600-square-foot home that doesn’t rely on high-emission materials such as concrete, but is made from wood fibres and bio-resins left over from sawmills.Therefore, the home creates less carbon during production – and is fully recyclable!
Working with Santander UK Corporate & Commercial on their Navigator portal, One Tribe and Santander have been helping business to reduce and offset their carbon footprint.
As well as banking solutions, Santander offers end-to-end support for those looking to take the next step on their international journey – whether they’re a seasoned international business or just getting started. In joining forces, we can further support companies with decarbonising the export process and work towards carbon-negative international export systems.
For more information on how One Tribe is working with Santander to decarbonise exports and business operations, read the full details here.
And there you have it! 10 positive climate change news stories from across the globe that show how the fight for climate change is well and truly underway. 2023 brings hopes that we can make radical changes to how the economy and world leaders approach climate change problems, and embrace new and modern solutions.
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