With Valentines Day around the corner, we are ready to share a heart-warming blog post about lovely environmental news. Get ready to feel joy because we’re sharing five examples of environmental news to make you feel good today.

Abundance in Action! PHILIPPINE RESIDENTS USE VOLCANIC ASH TO REPAIR DAMAGED BUILDINGS

Philippine Ash Bricks

From The Good News Network, “Tens of thousands of grey bricks, produced with the very ash from the recent eruption as well as cement and discarded plastic have been made for the purpose of repairing the parts of the city damaged by the eruption on January 12th, providing a short economic stimulus, and even reducing amounts of plastic in the city’s landfills.” (Image source)

FLORIDA IS PURCHASING 20,000 ACRES OF EVERGLADE WETLANDS TO PROTECT IT FROM OIL DRILLING

Alligator in the Everglades

“The property, which is located in the heart of the Everglades in WCA 3, is part of the Everglades Protection Area—one of the most important wetland systems in the Everglades ecosystem.” You can read more about the deal in the Orlando Weekly here.

CHINA IS PHASING OUT SINGLE-USE PLASTICS AS EARLY AS 2020

single use plastic

According to Reuters, the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment this week issued a new policy that will ban the use of plastic bags in all major cities by the end of 2020, with smaller towns and cities required to follow suit by 2022. Plastic straws will also be phased out in major cities by the end of this year, and the restaurant industry will be required to reduce single-use plastic consumption by 30% in towns and smaller cities before 2025. If China can do it, you can do it!

GOLDMAN SACHS UNVEILS $750 BILLION CLIMATE ACTION PLAN FOR INVESTING IN SOLUTIONS, AND VOWS NEVER TO SUPPORT ARCTIC DRILLING

Goldman Sachs Climate Plan

David Solomon, chief executive of Goldman Sachs, recently wrote an editorial in the Financial Times in which he laid out the premise behind a $750 billon plan for a decade of investing, financing, and advisory activity that will exclusively cover nine climate-critical areas such as renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and carbon reductions. With this move, Goldman Sachs becomes the first major U.S. bank to prohibit financing for Arctic oil drilling and the first to establish explicit limits on financing for the oil and gas sector. More on Reuters. (Image source)

MICROSOFT IS AIMING TO CAPTURE ALL THE CO2 THEY HAVE EVER EMITTED 

Microsoft Co2 pledge

Talk about a big hairy audacious goal! The tech company announced they are now working to be carbon-negative by 2030. Furthermore, they plan to remove all the carbon they have ever emitted into the environment—either directly or by electrical consumption since their founding in 1975—before 2050. Read more!

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