Seychelles has created 13 new Marine Protected Areas, expanding its protected areas to cover 30% of its waters, an area double the size of the island of Great Britain.
In 2018, coal plants generated roughly 15% of the European nation’s electricity. By May 2020, they contributed less than 2% of energy production. Now, seven of the nation’s 15 remaining coal plants are shutting down for good.
Last year, Amazon pledged to remove all single-use plastic from its packaging in India by June 2020. On June 27, 2020 it announced that it had indeed successfully fulfilled its pledge, replacing all bubble wrap with paper cushions, plastic tape with biodegradable paper tape, and more at its more than 50 distribution centers across the county.
The mayors of Los Angeles, Oakland, Atlanta, Georgia, Tacoma, Newark, Saint Paul, Jackson, Compton, Shreveport, and Stockton have joined Mayors For A Guaranteed Income, a coalition advocating for UBI policies, or the idea of giving out recurring cash payments to all individuals without any strings attached.
Ben & Jerry’s, The Coca-Cola Company, Eddie Bauer, The Hershey Company, Levi Strauss & Co., Magnolia Pictures, The North Face, Patagonia, REI, Unilever, Verizon, and more have boycotted Facebook advertisements as the company declined to take action against misinformation from President Trump — the same ones that Twitter flagged as misleading or glorifying violence.
226 of South Korea’s 228 local government declared a climate emergency earlier this month. The South Korean towns, cities, and districts join local governments from more than 30 countries around the world in doing so.
The Vatican, the global head of the Catholic Church, is urging the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics to divest from fossil fuels and arms dealers and “shun companies that are harmful to human or social ecology.”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear have signed executive orders requiring applications for absentee ballots to be sent to all voters. They join 34 states in the United States that allow all voters to vote by mail.
The initiative, known as the Great Green Wall, aims to reclaim 247 million acres of land by the year 2030 and create hundreds of thousands of jobs, while warding off the spread of the Sahara and combating the climate crisis.
Adobe, the Arizona Cardinals, Best Buy, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, JC Penney, Lyft, Mastercard, The New York Times, Nike, the NFL, Postmates, Square, Target, Twitter, and Vox Media – are making Juneteenth a permanent paid holiday, this year and all years moving forward.