From the Flint water crisis to Standing Rock, 2016 was a noteworthy year for environmental news. EarthShare’s most popular posts from 2016 reflect our readers’ interest in breaking news and, importantly, solutions to major challenges like food waste and plastic pollution. Here are our top five articles based on web traffic:
7 Tips to Fight Plastic Pollution / Global Movement Fights Plastic Pollution
In 2016, a network of 100 NGOs, including EarthShare members Surfrider Foundation, Clean Water Fund, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, and Oceana, released a groundbreaking new global vision for a future free from plastic pollution. We paired a piece about this report with plastic reduction tips. These two posts were the most popular of 2016, reflecting our readers’ strong interest in solutions to plastic pollution, both on a personal and global level.
A Big Plan to Fight Food Waste
The Roadmap to Reduce US Food Waste (ReFED) is the first national economic study of food waste with a true plan for action. Its implementation would help spur economic growth, create jobs, increase food security and reduce environmental damage. The report shows that the benefits of fighting food waste are achievable, feasible, and realistic today, if we had the will. Our second most popular post shows that people are indeed eager to fight food waste.
The Story of Standing Rock
Throughout 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux and thousands of allies camped out to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota. Harrowing footage of police and security clashing with water protectors filled the media and social media feeds. EarthShare members, particularly EarthJustice as legal representatives of the tribe, were deeply involved in this issue and celebrated victory when President Obama halted construction in December 2016 to consider alternate routes.
The Human Right to Safe Water in Flint
When Michigan state officials made the fateful decision to switch Flint’s drinking water from Lake Huron to the Flint River in 2013, no one considered what the engineering or health impacts might be, not even the state and federal agencies that were supposed to monitor them. In late 2015, the implications came to light when independent researchers found that thousands of residents had been poisoned with lead. The ongoing crisis continues to make headlines and draws into question our country’s ability to ensure our clean air and water.
A Heroic Osprey Rescue
This happy ending guest post from EarthShare member Owl Moon Raptor Center followed Maryland residents, local emergency responders, and a power company that worked together to rehabilitate an osprey family after a dramatic fire destroyed their nest. The piece showed that collaboration is the best way to solve problems both big and small.