Droughts, torrential rains, hurricanes, rising waters, deforestation… the Earth’s thermostat has been slightly out of whack lately. Bad omens for our next vacation, but not enough to curl up in a corner! Because not all news is bad and some would almost make us want to believe in a miracle (but don’t dream too much either).
1. Delivery platforms will reduce their waste
Getting your food delivered is convenient, but it generates astronomical amounts of plastic waste. In 2019 alone, in France, 600 million single-use packaging items were thrown in the trash! Faced with the environmental impact of their activity, 19 meal delivery players have signed a charter with the Ministry of Ecological Transition. Charter which commits them in particular to ensuring that by 2023, 70% of the packaging delivered will be guaranteed free of single-use plastic. Some players in the sector are even considering a system for recovering packaging from their customers in order to clean it and then be able to reuse it.
Why is it still shit? Because the best thing would be above all to stop being systematically delivered just because we are big lazy people unable to move our ass when there are three drops of rain outside. OK, KISS.
2. Not so extinct animal species
They were thought to be lost forever, exterminated by climate change or the destruction of their environment. However, dozens of species finally reappeared in 2021, no doubt taking advantage of the confinement of billions of individuals because of the pandemic, to stretch their thighs. The proof that in the end, 2021 has not been a shitty year for everyone!
Why is it still shit? Although the term is a bit overused, we are still on the verge of a sixth mass extinction. The WWF has thus declared that the world’s populations of vertebrates have halved in the past 40 years. In short, it’s not because you come across a bird that you thought had disappeared again that you have to say that everything is fine.
3. Renewable energies that fuel
Renewable electricity production was a hit around the world in 2021, in particular through new wind and solar installations (+60% of electrical power produced in just 1 year). That’s good, but still not enough. China indeed represents an important part of this growth (but at the same time, as this article explains very well, China is also paradoxically the country that emits the most CO2, so there is nothing to give them a medal) where the Europe, for example, despite an ambitious investment plan, remains behind on its roadmap. At this rate, European countries will not be able to achieve their carbon neutrality objectives by 2050.
Why is it still shit? 80% of the world’s energy comes from fossil fuels. So we are far, very far from the mark.
4. Giant pandas saved from extinction
Giant pandas have the chance to be cute, to the point of making them a mascot in China. Thus, the country has redoubled its efforts in recent decades to avoid their extinction. Thanks to a policy of replanting bamboo forests, 1800 giant pandas would now live in freedom in China, that is 70% more than in the 80s. Cuteness is saved.
Why is it still shit? So yes indeed the cuteness is saved, is that so far the planet is the same? Nothing is less sure. As this article “Is saving the giant panda useful? », the giant panda is cute but overall its species is doomed to extinction. But as everyone loves pandas, we are offended. In reality, we would do better to worry about the decline of phytoplankton, which is much more dramatic for the survival of our species. Here is. Sorry pandas, no hard feelings.
5. The United States less climate-skeptical than in the Trump era (spoiler: it was not difficult)
The biggest polluter on the planet, headed by Donald Trump, turned his back on the Paris Agreements in 2017, reducing the scope of the commitments made by each signatory country. The return of the United States to the right path in the fight against climate change from the first day of Joe Biden’s inauguration in January 2021 was expected news, but good news all the same. The United States has thus committed to reducing pollution levels in the American energy sector to zero by 2035, and to achieving carbon neutrality for the American economy by 2050. Chiche?
Why is it still shit? California is currently affected by a winter heat wave. So we are a little tempted to think that it is already too late.
6. Widespread awareness of the climate emergency (at least on Google)
“Ok Google, are we all going to die? According to data from the famous search engine, research on climate change exploded in 2021. Internet users were particularly interested in human responsibility for ecological crises (officially proven by the latest IPCC reports), but also ways to reduce the impact of their consumption habits on their environment. As for Google, it has decided to no longer accept climate-skeptical advertising campaigns… while continuing to make profits with conspiratorial videos on Youtube. We call it “recycling”!
Why is it still shit? We are in the middle of the presidential campaign and we talk more about Zemmour’s nonsense than about the latest IPCC reports. Hope is cool, but everything seems to indicate that we are not taking the path of a resilient government in the face of climate change.
7. Known scenarios for achieving carbon neutrality
In France, we don’t have oil, but we have ideas… and smart people to come up with them. Since 2019, hundreds of experts have come together to detail, with supporting figures, 6 scenarios for electricity production and consumption in France by 2050. Each scenario corresponds to an energy choice that relies on more or less nuclear and renewable energies (solar, wind, biomass, hydroelectricity, geothermal) in its energy mix. This report makes it possible to understand the potential and the limits of the choices to come… and to stop stirring up wind and preconceived ideas during the eternal debates on nuclear power and renewable energies.
PS: this video explains the RTE report well:
8. Slightly less polluting maritime transport
Minus 26% is the drop in carbon emissions linked to maritime transport in the world since 1990. This good news is explained in particular by the arrival of new ships (slightly) less polluting and energy-consuming. And the best is yet to come! In November 2021, the first 100% electric freighter was launched, heralding a new step towards reducing the ecological impact of global maritime transport, which nevertheless represents 90% of goods trade on a global scale. of the planet.
Why is it still shit? If emissions are falling (slowly), the number of ships is increasing, so it’s not sure that in the end we’ll really come out on top.
9. Unsold non-food items can no longer be destroyed in France
After being among the first countries in the world to ban the destruction of food products, France has just extended the measure to unsold electrical goods, furniture and even clothing, from January 1, 2022. This measure aims to encourage manufacturers to develop the recycling of their products, if possible without trying to send them to poor countries (dis)charged with managing our waste.
Why is it still shit? As this article explains well “Recycling is no longer a miracle, it’s a mirage”, we put too much hope in recycling when we should question the initial mode of production (= produce less).
10. We are starting to invest more and more of our money in solidarity
When we talk about eco-responsible gestures, we think of pissing in the shower or turning off the lights. But in reality our money (and more precisely our savings) plays a very important role. The Oxfam association has thus shown all the impact of our money on the climate and it’s not pretty. Indeed when you leave all your money in a bank account (whether we are talking about 50 euros or millions) this money works, that is to say it is invested in projects that you generally do not know about. content. This is how many banks are still investing in fossil fuels. To find out more, I can only refer you to this ranking of the most ethical banks.
In short, now that you know, the good news is that we recently crossed the symbolic bar of 20 billion euros in solidarity savings in 2020 (this is 33% higher than in 2019) and that is rather very good news.