December 30, 2019; the last post of the year.
And what a year. Crazy politics with a capital C, a global awakening about existential threat from climate change led by children, and grass roots action by individuals, cities and states to affect change.
I personally have been on a journey toward living a more sustainable life. My day job promotes decarbonization of heavy industry, but just because I do it for work doesn’t mean that I get a pass on it at home. I might go into more detail about how we made some changes in a future post, but over the last couple of years we have tried to do more to leave a smaller footprint. Buying an EV, reducing single use plastics and eating less meat are obvious, but how do we get there? How do we break from the influence of a consumer driven society that benefits a few and change our day-to-day habits that are so destructive?
They are not simple problems and there are no simple solutions, but every bit helps. I am reminded of a cartoon showing millions of eligible voters saying their vote doesn’t matter. But it does matter, and that is why so many of those who are in currently in power are so very afraid right now.
Below are the Top 25 Happy Eco News posts from 2019. This year, it would seem like the favourite posts are all about positive change, or solutions in some way. Many of these were my favourites as well. It is really encouraging to see that other people seem to like them too. Many of them were from the last half of the year as Happy Eco News doubled in site visits after July of 2019.
Some interesting stats:
1880 curated news articles from January 1st, 2019 to January 1st, 2020.
- Average of 5.15 curated news articles per day.
- 51 Weekly Top 5 newsletters.
- Increased subscribers by 100x.
- Doubled page views from June to December.
- Thousands of photos uploaded.
- Tens of thousands of people reached.
- Hundreds of thousands of articles read.
The last two are my personal favourites. It means that maybe this project is working; maybe I actually can help people feel a little less fearful of the future. Maybe those people will find the encouragement to do the right things for the planet – voting at the polls and voting with their dollars. Making their collective, united voice heard, demanding action for our future. Maybe there’s a movement afoot, and maybe I (we) can help move it forward.
In 2020 we will be making some changes at Happy Eco News.
- Unfortunately Sherry had to step away from her duties at Happy Eco News to focus on her education. We are now looking for someone to take over those responsibilities and hopefully will soon have a new name to introduce to you all.
- A guest blog section to help other eco-minded writers gain exposure for their ideas.
- A like button to posts to provide another metric for assessing popularity and allowing votes.
- A journalism/blogger award for top stories.
- A meetup of some sort here in Vancouver where we can assemble a group of people, have a party and solve the world’s problems (or maybe just take home some insights from others who are trying too). It would be great to meet you all and build a community of like-minded people.
I look forward to serving you to the best of my ability in 2020. As usual, I am always happy to hear from readers about these ideas or anything else you’d like to talk about.
Thank you for supporting Happy Eco News and see you in 2020!