News stories are telling me that humans are the worst, my local supermarkets are filled to the brim with plastic packaging, waiters regularly throw straws in my drinks, and I’ve yet to find an eco-friendly option for all my needs- where do you find a plastic-free smoke alarm? It seemed like the world didn’t want me to exist.
Then, Google threw me a title that jumped out: “We Aren’t Destroying the Earth”.
Turns out, while news reporters have been covering bushfires, animal extinctions, and rising water temperatures, other humans have been doing some pretty awesome things to better our planet.
1. The establishment of marine reserves
Islands, countries, and coastal towns have started dedicating protected space in their oceans, to marine conservation.
Mexico constructed a marine park of approximately 57,900 square miles, the largest in North America, established to support and cultivate marine animals such as sharks, turtles, and whales. Other marine parks, taking up to 40% of the area’s ocean floor, can be found in Niue, Chile, and, of course, The Great Barrier Reef.
Not only are societies changing their sunscreens and habits to look after the ocean, but they’re nurturing the oceans too. That’s rad in my books.
2. Wildlife conservation successes
Yellow stone grizzly bears, the bald eagle, the lesser long-nosed bat, and many other species have been taken down from the Endangered Species List. Woohoo!
The return of the lesser long-nosed bat was due to decades of conservation work, including working with agave growers to harvest their crops (used to make tequila) in an eco-friendlier way.
Individuals are dedicating their lives to seeing other species thrive. I am beginning to question the idea that sitting a field and rotting is the most sustainable option.