Wondering what went right this week in the conservation world? We’ve got you covered with our Conservation Optimism Round-Up! We are collating stories of optimism from around the globe so that you never miss your dose of weekly motivation.

1. 2022’s top ocean conservation news stories

” Hopeful developments this past year include the launch of negotiations on the world’s first legally binding international treaty to curb plastic pollution, a multilateral agreement to ban harmful fisheries subsidies and a massive expansion of global shark protections. ”

2. Washington State Becomes First in the USA to Adopt A Statewide Strategy To Protect Bumble Bees

” Washington’s conservation strategy focuses on eight state and federally recognized bumble bee species: frigid bumble bee (Bombus frigidus), golden-belted bumble bee (B. kirbiellus), Morrison bumble bee (B. morrisoni), western bumble bee (B. occidentalis), Suckley cuckoo bumble bee (B. suckleyi), half-black bumble bee (B. vagans), yellow bumble bee (B. fervidus), and American bumble bee (B. pensylvanicus). Additionally, other bumble bee species and pollinators will benefit from recommendations included in this strategy.”

3. Aii kickstarts ‘proven’ carbon reduction solutions programme for industry

” The Apparel Impact Institute will use the Climate Solutions Portfolio as a data-backed tool to deploy grants from the catalytic Fashion Climate Fund, designed to raise $250m to de-risk and accelerate proven decarbonisation solutions, unlock up to $2bn of capital, and help to halve carbon emissions by 2030.”

4. Proposal would make 21,000 acres on Maui ‘critical habitat’ for ‘i‘iwi

” Federal agency seeks to protect 275,000 acres on Maui, Kauai and Hawaii island for threatened bird ”

5. Protecting the Rimatara Lorikeet in Polynesia

” The last native population of the lorikeets survives on the island of Rimatara, thanks to the foresight of the island’s last queen, Temaeva Vahine, who placed a tapu on the birds, denoting them sacred. Rimatara residents, proud of their ‘rainbow’ birds, have teamed up with the Polynesian Ornithological Society to ensure the lorikeets are here for generations to come.”

6. Storytelling Will Save the Earth

” Unlike numbers or facts, stories can trigger an emotional response, harnessing the power of motivation, imagination, and personal values, which drive the most powerful and permanent forms of social change. “

7. Orange County, Cailfornia Is Getting A New Wildlife Preserve. Here’s How It Will Help A Cute Little Endangered Shrimp (And Other Species)

” After operating as a privately owned oil field for more than 80 years, Banning Ranch in Orange County has been purchased by conservationists, and is going to be rehabilitated and preserved. 

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