12 Reasons To Be Hopeful In The Face Of Climate Change

There is much at stake right now — and in the future — from warmer, wetter and more extreme weather that climate change is exacerbating. But there is also a huge amount of progress already being made as we move towards a cleaner and more secure energy system which could limit global warming and the impact it is having on our landscape and on our lives.

Around the world and here in Britain, more and more individuals, companies, institutions and governments are supporting and taking action to transition to cleaner, more sustainable and secure ways to power our world. We believe these are great reasons to be hopeful.

Here are our reasons to be hopeful. What are yours?

  1. Lord’s Cricket Ground is the first national sporting venue in the UK to announce its transition to 100% clean, renewable energy.

2. Over a quarter of Grimsby’s ’s electricity consumption was met by renewable sources in March 2015.

3. Between 23rd and 26th December, Scotland’s wind turbines generated enough electricity to power the entire country and the Scottish government has announced ambitious carbon cuts to reduce their emissions by 66% in just 15 years.

4. Between August and September last year, the UK generated a quarter of all its electricity from renewable sources.

5. As of 1st January this year, all electric trains in the Netherlands were 100% powered by wind. Dutch trains use the same amount of electricity as all the households in Amsterdam, a significant carbon reduction [36]

6. In 2016, China installed three football pitches worth of solar every hour. In January 2017, they opened a four million panel strong solar panel park in Western Qinghai which supplies enough electricity to power 200,000 households.

7. It’s estimated that enough solar power was installed in the USA in 2016 to power 1.8 million homes, and that in the same year, for the first time,more electricity-generating capacity from solar power plants is expected to have been built in the U.S. than from natural gas and wind.

8. 194 countries signed the historic Paris Climate Agreement in 2015 to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming. Since then 126 have legally bound themselves to it.

9. Renewable energy is providing a huge and rapidly increasing number of jobs. In the US, solar jobs were growing 12 times faster than the US economy.

10. In 2016, 47 of the world’s most disadvantaged nations pledged to generate all their future energy needs from renewables.

11. More than 70% of the British public are concerned about climate change, with more than 84% understanding that human activity is playing a role in driving it. Furthermore, 73% of the British people back onshore wind power and 80% support solar farms.

12. The Show The Love campaign is brought to you by over 130 organisations and supported by a vast and varied mix of people, clubs, institutions and companies including the WI, WWF, National Trust, RSPB, Christian Aid and The Woodland Trust.

This February, people across the country are making, wearing and sharing green hearts to Show The Love for the places, people and life they want to protect from climate change. Find out more at showthelove.org.uk