From solar-powered emails to recycled cities, there are plenty of reasons to feel hopeful for our planet this Earth Day. Although protecting our forests, oceans and air is an endless job, we can also step back and appreciate all the really cool stuff going on all over the world thanks to people coming together and finding a better way. Big or small, these reasons all point to progress that is actually working.
7. San Francisco on track to be the first zero-waste town by 2020.
Because of a city-wide ordinance to separate all organic materials, the city's composting program has contributed to areduction of the citys greenhouse gas emissions to nearly 12 percent below 1990 levels.
6. The U.S. solar industry employs more people than the coal industry.
2. Google plans to power the Internet with renewable energy.
Thanks to some pressure from Google, the largest utility company in the U.S., Duke Energy, now plans to offer renewable energy to its major customers. This will allow Google, who also announced plans today to double the size of one if its largest data centers, an option to power its cloud with clean energy.
1. On a cold winter day, 40,000 came together to move forward on climate change.