The New Climate tells optimistic environmental stories of communities adapting in the face of climate change. Our team of journalists shares original stories from all over the world. And every week we gather together the top 5 environmental success stories from across the Internet. The goal is to showcase the incredible work people are doing right now to adapt to a changing environment.
Climate change is the greatest challenge humans have ever faced. It is the moonshot moment of our age. If we are to save our species, we must collaborate to meet this challenge and come out stronger on the other side. The stakes couldn’t be any higher.
We’re already seeing the effects of climate change. In 2017, weather and climate disasters (primarily wildfires and hurricanes) were responsible for $306 billion dollars of damages in the United States alone. Globally, an estimated 25.4 million people are displaced every year due to natural disasters. The risk of displacement of this sort is 60% higher than it was 40 years ago. If soil degradation continues at its current rate, we’ve only got 60 years of farming left.
So why be hopeful? The amazing thing is—a lot of people are already doing something about climate change. In every district in every country on the planet, there are stories about people making a difference in their community, big and small. Renewable energy sources are no longer a dream of the future. Most of the net new power capacity around the world every year now comes from renewable sources, with growth in solar power outpacing that of coal power. Cities all over the world are implementing infrastructure changes to become more climate resilient. And communities are coming together like never before. From India to Cambodia to Canada, people are learning to work together in new ways and see this moment as an opportunity to adapt.
The New Climate is for anyone who needs a little bit of good news. In the chaos of the 24-hour news cycle, it’s easy to lose sight of how many incredible stories of hope emerge every single week—stories of people making the world a better place. Our mission at The New Climate is to bring environmental stories of hope to light and share them as widely as possible.
Founder, The New Climate