Reasons To Be Optimistic About Climate Change this Year

J. O’Brien May 17, 2022

When you believe so passionately in a cause like the climate change movement, it can sometimes be hard to see the progress that’s being made because you’re so focused on the work that’s yet to be done. But, it’s as important to recognize how far the cause has come as it is to realize how far it still needs to go. After all, if you don’t celebrate the victories along the way, it can be even harder to keep fighting for what you believe in. And, when it comes to climate change, there are lots of reasons to be hopeful about the future. Read on to discover a few of them, plus, how to celebrate the climate wins ahead.

Global Support For Climate Change

In late 2020, the United Nations Development Program conducted the People’s Climate Vote, the largest ever public opinion poll on climate change. More than a million people in 50 countries around the world shared their thoughts on climate change, with the majority (64%) agreeing that climate change was a global emergency. In small island developing nations such as Antigua and Barbuda, and high-income countries like the U.S., support was even greater—74% and 72% respectively. That latter number is especially critical because wealthy, developed nations have historically been responsible for the majority of carbon emissions.

Sustainable Consumerism

Resale is on the rise and expected to continue trending upwards, growing 11 times the broader retail clothing sector by 2025, and doubling to a $77 billion industry in the next five years according to ThredUp’s 2021 Resale Report. More resale means fewer items for landfills and a reduction in your environmental impact. You can do your part by investing in durable, long-lasting goods—like the Ski n Hike pack—made from surplus materials, and items made from recycled materials, such as the Recycled Waistpack. If you’re looking for something new to add to your wardrobe, rather than buy, why not try having a swapping party with friends where you all bring items to exchange, that way you get something new, without purchasing something new.

Growth In Renewable Energy

In manufacturing, the more you produce, the less expensive the product. That principle holds true for renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and power, and we’re at last reaching a point where renewable sources of energy are often the cheapest options out there—particularly when it comes to building new power stations. That’s great news for climate change because it means that investors, governments, and organizations have a built-in cost-incentive to making choices that are better for the environment.

Celebrate Climate Action

Every climate win is worth celebrating and there’s no better way to do so than by spending time in nature. It’s also so good for your mental health to get outside and explore the great outdoors. Make a plan to enjoy and appreciate the planet you’re working to protect. Pack up your Far Out 40 for a camping trip, plan a picnic with your friends, hike your favorite trails, or cool off in your local lake. You’ll be glad you did.

How are you spending time outdoors this summer? We want to see! Tag us on social media with #LifeUnzipped.