2011: Thanks for an Amazing Year of Victories for the Planet
by chris eaton
December 22, 2011
With the nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima and the rising challenge of climate change, 2011 might seem like a dark year for the environment. Yet this year also gave me a lot of hope. The growing power of grassroots activists has achieved some stunning victories and we are taking the planet back.
In rough chronological order, here are just a few things the YOU have achieved this year:
- Costco improves seafood policies in a stunning win for the oceans.
- Sinar Mas palm oil branch Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) unveiled a plan to no longer destroy forests and carbon-rich peatlands in Indonesia.
- We teamed up with Center for Commercial-Free Childhood, Rethinking Schools, and Friends of the Earth in asking Scholastic to reconsider a contract with the American Coal Foundation (ACF) leading to a victory for coal-free education.
- The Tongass wildlands in Alaska recieved a big win in court.
- The state senate voted overwhelmingly (26-4) to close Vermont Yankee nuclear plant as scheduled in March 2012.
- Adidas Nike and Puma go toxic-free.
- The International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) changed their rules of procedure to address the rampant corruption of their process caused by Japan’s vote buying. The IWC will no longer allow a country to pay their dues using cash, credit cards or other non transparent means.
- Lego took action to tackle deforestation.
- The Potomac River Generating Sation, Miami Fort Station, and Beckjord coal plants we’re scheduled to shut down in stunning victories for the climate and community health.
- President Obama imposed diplomatic sanctions on Iceland over their commercial Fin whale hunting.
- Mattel and Barbie dropped deforestation!
- Hasbro joins Mattel with a policy of avoiding buying paper that comes from endangered forest destruction.
- ASMFC votes to save a small but important fish, the menhaden.
- Facebook Friends Renewable Energy!
- Limits set on mercury from coal power!
- After 20 year battle, Green Refrigerants finally legal in the U.S.
Thanks for a wonderful 2011. See you in 2012.