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.

Ships, ferries and port equipment are becoming cleaner each year.
Ships, ferries and port equipment are becoming cleaner each year.

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?

Every action counts.
When you have almost 8 billion people on the planet, every action counts.

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:

  • Double the page views per month since June 2019.
    Double the page views per month since June 2019.

    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.
Youth Climate Change Activists Marched on Washington, D.C.
Youth Climate Change Activists Marched on Washington, D.C.

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!

 

  1. See how good the world could be in 2040—if we act on climate solutions now

See how good the world could be in 2040—if we act on climate solutions now

2. State by State, Clean Energy Is Sweeping the Nation

State by State, Clean Energy Is Sweeping the Nation

3. Ikea Is Replacing Styrofoam Packaging With Compostable Mushroom-Foam

Ikea Is Replacing Styrofoam Packaging With Compostable Mushroom-Foam

4. This Spanish company found a way to produce a fuel without emitting CO2, and it’s made of sewage

This Spanish company found a way to produce a fuel without emitting CO2, and it’s made of sewage

5. This Revolutionary System Can Help Stop Global Warming

This Revolutionary System Can Help Stop Global Warming

6. Three Industries Where Technology Is Reducing Our Carbon Footprint

Three Industries Where Technology Is Reducing Our Carbon Footprint

7. China built a tower that acts like ‘the world’s biggest air purifier,’ and it actually works

China built a tower that acts like ‘the world’s biggest air purifier,’ and it actually works

8. Reebok will sell a vegan running shoe made from plants, including eucalyptus tree and algae

Reebok will sell a vegan running shoe made from plants, including eucalyptus tree and algae

9. LEGO plans to find replacement material for bricks by 2030

LEGO plans to find replacement material for bricks by 2030

10. Navajo Generating Station, biggest coal plant in the US West, shuts down this week

Navajo Generating Station, biggest coal plant in the US West, shuts down this week

11. Stop Building a Spaceship to Mars and Just Plant Some Damn Trees

Stop Building a Spaceship to Mars and Just Plant Some Damn Trees

12. The Elwha’s Living Laboratory: Lessons From the World’s Largest Dam-removal Project

The Elwha’s Living Laboratory: Lessons From the World’s Largest Dam-removal Project • The Revelator

13. Gigantic Swarm Of Sea Turtles May Be Largest Ever Caught On Film

Gigantic Swarm Of Sea Turtles May Be Largest Ever Caught On Film

14. A New Bioreactor Captures as Much Carbon as an Acre of Trees

A New Bioreactor Captures as Much Carbon as an Acre of Trees

15. ‘Lobsters and octopuses are back’: the Kenyan women leading a reef revival

‘Lobsters and octopuses are back’: the Kenyan women leading a reef revival

16. Renewable Energy Is Now The Cheapest Option – Even Without Subsidies

Renewable Energy Is Now The Cheapest Option – Even Without Subsidies

17. Tired of Doing Yard Work? Let Your Lawn Rewild and Register It As a “Certified Wildlife Habitat”

Tired of Doing Yard Work? Let Your Lawn Rewild and Register It As a “Certified Wildlife Habitat”

18. Recycling isn’t working – here are 15 ways to shrink your plastic footprint

Recycling isn’t working – here are 15 ways to shrink your plastic footprint

19. 10 Brands That Provide Socially Responsible Products

10 Brands That Provide Socially Responsible Products

20. Swedish company is building wind turbine towers out of timber

Swedish company is building wind turbine towers out of timber

21. Succulently sustainable cactus leather hits the market

Succulently sustainable cactus leather hits the market

22. Put a power plant in your living room

Put a power plant in your living room

23. Orsted Signs Largest-Ever Corporate Deal for Offshore Wind

Orsted Signs Largest-Ever Corporate Deal for Offshore Wind

24. Bees Love Hemp! Researchers Discover Hemp Provides Food and Habitat For Bees

Bees Love Hemp! Researchers Discover Hemp Provides Food and Habitat For Bees

25. Reforestation Drones Can Plant 100K Trees In An Hour

Reforestation Drones Can Plant 100K Trees In An Hour

 

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Love your page and what you write. I have eco-anxiety and when I feel down or stressed this is where I go. It feels good to have good news because not everything needs to look grim when we think about the future. We often see way too many bad news and I feel like it discourages people. Continue the good work and I look forward reading even more good news in 2020.

    • Thank you for your comments, I really appreciate them. I am glad to have helped in some small way. I truly believe while times are very rough right now, we are on the verge of some sort of global enlightenment. Darkest before the dawn…
      Glad to chat any time.
      Grant

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