eco-anxietyclimate doom, environmental existential fear: as green journalists, we see these terms thrown around a lot, and often feel them ourselves.

While there is much to worry about when it comes to the climate and natural crises, we must not lose hope, because hopelessness breeds apathy.

The media have an important role to play in the fight against climate disaster. It is our job to be truthful and accurate in our reports, without trying to minimize or make up the situation. But it is also our job to show that there is hope.

In 2022, as part of our ongoing effort to address green anxiety (both our readers’ and our own), we track all the positive environmental news throughout the year, amassing over 100 stories of green innovation, green breakthroughs . and the weather wins.

In 2023, we are confident that the good news will keep coming like can soars, vulnerable ecosystems win Rightsand climate protocols begin to pay dividends.

This article will be regularly updated with the latest good news. It can be something small and localsomething silly that he did to us smileor something huge and potentially changing the world.

If you find a great positive story that we haven’t covered here, please reach out to us on Instagram or Twitter to share your ideas.

Positive Environmental Stories from January 2023

Finland: Wind power increased by 75% last year, boosting energy security and climate targets

Finland’s wind power capacity increased by 75 percent last year, according to the Finnish Wind Power Association (FWPA).

Since almost half of Finland’s wind power is domestically owned, the renewable energy source provides an important lifeline during the current energy crisis.

The growth of renewable energy is also helping Finland to meet its ambitious climate goals. The country hopes to be one of the first in Europe to reach net zero, setting a target of 2035, well ahead of the EU’s 2050 target.

‘Love Island’ – Hit UK TV show to promote sustainable fashion in latest series

The hit British reality show ‘Love Island’ returns on January 16, and the fad favorite is set to steal the show once again.

In 2022, the series shed its fast fashion image by partnering with eBay, the first pre-charmed fashion partnership on a TV show. Contestants wore clothing from eBay’s online thrift market as they descended on an exotic location to find love.

Searches for “thrift clothes” skyrocketed 1,600 percent on eBay after the show aired.

New solar-powered technology can transform plastic waste into sustainable fuels and cosmetics

Scientists have developed a way to transform plastic waste and greenhouse gases into sustainable fuels using solar energy.

The system, developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, could tackle plastic pollution and become a “game changer” in developing a circular economy.

Ozone layer on track to recover in decades, UN reports

Human emissions of certain chemicals cause a hole in the ozone layer to open each year over Antarctica. This affects ozone’s ability to protect life on Earth from harmful radiation from the sun.

Now the 1987 Montreal Protocol, under which 197 countries pledged to phase out ozone-depleting chemicals, is bearing fruit.

A UN-backed panel of experts, appearing yesterday at the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society, said ozone would recover around 2066 over the Antarctic, by 2045 over the Arctic and by 2040 for the rest of the world.

Antalya goes solar: how this Turkish city is transforming its energy supply

A large solar power plant has been built in Dağbeli, on the outskirts of Antalya, Turkey, to provide free energy to local farmers.

Local growers at the fruit and vegetable growing center say they once refrained from watering their crops properly due to high energy prices. Some 60,000 people now benefit from the support scheme, which gives farmers the means to operate irrigation systems and increase crop production.

Tobacco companies must pay for the cleaning of discarded cigarettes in Spain

Spain has ruled that tobacco companies will have to pay to clean the butts.

Every year, smokers throw millions of cigarette butts onto the streets and beaches of Spain.

The new environmental regulations also include a ban on single-use plastic cutlery and plastic straws. The rulings are part of an EU-wide campaign to reduce waste and promote recycling.

England bans some single-use plastics

Single-use plastic items, including cutlery and plates, will soon be banned in England, the government has announced.

Every year, the country uses about 1.1 billion single-use plates and 4.25 billion cutlery, according to government estimates. Only 10 percent of these are recycled.

Now, the Secretary for the Environment, Thérèse Coffey, has confirmed that such items will be banned in England.

Circular economy: recycled human hair to clean waterways in Belgium

A Belgian NGO is using human hair clippings to absorb environmental pollutants.

The snips are collected from hairdressers across the country and then turned into matte squares. These can be used to absorb oil and other polluting hydrocarbons from the environment.

The mats can be placed in drains to absorb contamination from the water before it reaches the river. They can also be used to deal with pollution problems due to flooding and to clean up oil spills.

Lula plans to end deforestation and make Brazil a green superpower

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva took office as Brazil’s president in January, marking a new era for the country’s environmental policies.

Lula’s government plans are in stark contrast to former far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro, whose four years in office were marked by a rollback on environmental protections.

The new president says he wants to turn Brazil, one of the world’s top food producers, into a green superpower.

Our Favorite Positive Environmental Story of 2022

The oldest two-headed turtle in the world celebrates its 25 years

In the wild, a two-headed turtle would not normally survive very long, as it cannot retract its head into its shell to protect itself from predators. But this month Janus, named after the two-faced Roman god, became the world’s oldest two-headed tortoise at 25 years old.

Carefully cared for at the Natural History Museum in Geneva, you receive a personalized regimen of care, including daily massages and green tea baths, that keep you in good health.

For more good environmental news from last year, check out all the Euronews Green’s positive environmental stories from 2022.

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