What better than a dose of positive news to start 2024 with hope? Let’s explore together the most important objectives achieved by humanity in the year we leave behind
A new year is a bit like a new chapter in a book: a series of blank pages yet to be written. We firmly hope that the 2024 It is full of important objectives for the environment and animals, but also in the field of human rights and represents a turning point, given that the one we have just concluded was not exactly rosy.
To start January with enthusiasm, we want to review some of the most encouraging and positive news that has marked the year 2023. A kind of balance to become aware of the achievements we have managed to achieve and push ourselves to commit even more to making our Planet a better place.
The Amazon rainforest breathes again
After years of exploitation by the garimpeiros (gold miners), timber traffickers and livestock sector lobbies, the green lung of the Earth is finally breathing again. In 2023 the levels of deforestation in the Amazon have been significantly reduced thanks to the efforts implemented by Brazilian President Lula, who intends to eliminate the illegal phenomenon by the end of the decade.
Historic treaty to protect the oceans adopted by the UN
After almost twenty years of negotiations, last June the member states of the United Nations adopted the global treaty for the protection of the oceans. This is a great step, since the agreement on the protection of marine biodiversity is binding for the different nations, now called to assume a concrete commitment. The objective is to achieve the protection of 30% of the seas by 2030, adopting a series of strategies against pollution, warming of marine waters and intensive fishing.
Portugal becoming greener: historical record for renewable energies
An increasingly green wind blows in Portugal. Last autumn, the European country managed to be powered 100% with renewable energy for almost a week (thanks to its wind, photovoltaic and hydroelectric plants), demonstrating that abandoning fossil fuels is not a utopia.
Stop eating dog meat in South Korea
Eating dog meat is finally about to become illegal in South Korea. In November 2023, the Asian nation’s government announced that it was working on a bill to ban this industry, which results in up to 1 million dogs being eaten for years, bred and killed to finish. up on the plate.
More than 11 tons of waste removed from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
The world’s largest plastic island, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is a little less scary thanks to the constant commitment of activists from the NGO The Ocean Cleanup, who use innovative waste capture barriers. Last summer they completed the most important operation to remove plastic waste from the oceans: more than 11 tons of garbage were extracted from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. And, thanks to the new System 003 machine, the association aims to do even more.
Stop early marriages in Peru
Historic turning point for human rights in Peru! In 2023, the South American nation finally banned child marriage. The new law, approved without votes against, also provides for the annulment of marriage contracts stipulated by minors in recent years. A great step forward to combat the scourge of child brides, a practice still common in Peru.
The loneliest and saddest lion in the world has been released
At this point I no longer expected to know the meaning of the word freedom. However Rubén, known as the loneliest and saddest lion in the world, A few months ago he took his first steps on African soil. Born in captivity and locked in a small cage in an Armenian zoo, the majestic feline spent 15 years behind bars and the last 5 in complete solitude. Then, last September, the miracle happened. Thanks to the mobilization of the Animal Defenders International (ADI) association, he was transferred to an African sanctuary. The images of Rubén’s release spread across social networks, moving everyone.
No more foie gras in Flanders, the last farm has closed
Another great news comes, however, from Belgium. In 2023, the last goose and duck farm in Flanders, exploited to produce the Foie gras, behind which lies a terrifying backstory. To produce the refined pâté, these animals are force-fed, several times a day, with metal tubes inserted into their throats. A massacre that has now been definitively banned in the Flemish region, a year earlier than planned by the Belgian Government.
The world’s first law on ecocide approved
Last October the Chili passed a pioneering law on‘ecocide, becoming the first country in the world to take such an important step. The new law on economic crimes, also known as the “collar crime law”, also introduces a series of new crimes that affect the environment, including evasion of the environmental impact assessment system, repeated environmental sanctions and illegal extraction of water. From now on, for example, anyone who dumps polluting substances into the sea – without having carried out an environmental impact assessment – may be punished with prison sentences of up to three years.
No more mining on the ancestral lands of the indigenous Mapuche people
Victory for him indigenous mapuche, who have lived for centuries in the lands of Latin America. Last summer, the Argentine Court of Justice ordered the immediate cessation of all activities of mining companies in the residential areas of the community, which totals 200,000 people in the South American country. Furthermore, any permit granted to multinationals has been revoked with immediate effect because it violates the International Convention of the Guarantor of the Rights of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples number 169 and the Convention of the International Labor Organization – ILO. Thus, the largest indigenous people in all of South America, who have always fought to defend the environment and protect their identity, will be able to live in peace.
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