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These year there were good and bad news for the environment. A reminder that the new year's resolutions are not only personal, but also environmental
In 2018, there were more bad news than good news; the alarming figures regarding pollution, climate change, logging, illegal mining (and also legal), illegal and irresponsible hunting, among others, left us with a bitter taste in our mouths. However, not everything is bad, there are still solutions and hope.
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Here, we summarize 2018 in environmental matters:
The bad news
Perhaps one of the themes that most resonated decisions in the last week of the year was the declaration by Japan of withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission on June 30 , which is openly declaring that they will return to whaling with commercial purposes. A great desavance worldwide, taking into account the scope that this country has in the commercialization of whales.
We must bear in mind that the Japanese government withdrew from this practice 30 years ago, but there were many who continued to hunt illegally, and many that risked, and still risk, their lives for the protection of this species. Now that it will be legal again in Japan, it is very likely that the whales are nearing their end.
COP24 took place this year and it was also hit by terrible news: United States withdrew from the Paris Agreement, an compliance between countries that focuses on finding solutions for climate change and its consequences at the global level. The withdrawal was made based on the beliefs of the government of the current president, Donald Trump, who assures that the scientific evidence on global warming is false. Several Arab countries also withdrew with the North American country.
On the other hand, the assent of Jair Bolsonaro to the presidency of Brazil made us put our eyes on the Amazon. The region, known as the lung of the world, was the protagonist of several chilling statements by the ultra-rightist leader. Today is already known as the greatest amanece for the Amazon, because, as he made clear in the campaign, the environment is not a priority during his government, as it is the growth of agro-industry, the main responsible for deforestation in the Amazon.
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Natural disasters around the world also affected different aspects of life. They also left losses of impressive amounts of money. For example, hurricanes Florence and Michael left losses for the United States of approximately US $ 32 billion, according to El Espectador. We also witnessed the large number of forest fires around the world that even reached cities, leaving thousands injured and several dead.
Not everything is bad news
Despite the chilling figures and the consequences suffered by climate change, it's not all bad news. We have people who are looking for a real change and are willing to risk everything to save our planet.
In the aforementioned COP24, actions were also advanced so that by 2020 the processes of each country can be implemented to contribute to the fight against environmental change. Scientists are being heard, but there is still a long way to go. During the conference, Greta Thumber, a 15-year-old girl, scolded the COP24 leaders for delaying processes and not saying things as they are for fear of failing to lose money. This adolescent activist left the leaders speechless, and also opened our eyes to many.
In Peru, the scientist Marino Morikawa set himself the task of cleaning the largest lake in Peru, a process that is already possible thanks to a mechanism he invented, in which he waters an organic substance (which can even be eaten) and it produces what he calls 'micronanobubbling', a process in which all the dirt from the water rises to the surface, making it much easier to clean the polluted lakes, damage suffered by 40% of the lakes and rivers of all the world. With this novel solution, Marino not only seeks to clean Lake Titicaca, but also reach more parts of the world with its group of lakes and rivers' defenders.
The year also ends with more awareness of what we consume. Minimalism, for example, is generating awareness about inadequate material consumption and its consequences on the environment and personal life. People who adopt this lifestyle is realizing that less is more for our planet.
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Also, sustainable fashion has taken the catwalks and clothing stores. More and more people are buying and being aware of the origin of the garment they are about to wear. Many people already understand the difference between quality and cost.
Lastly, and very important, the real danger of the livestock and agricultural industry is being understood and veganism is taking a large place in the world. There are more options and it is being understood that it is a necessary path if you want to save the world.
LatinAmerican Post | Vanesa López Romero
Translated from "Así termina el 2018 para el medio ambiente"