The world is going through a lot. Instead of focusing on more bad news, we’ve rounded up the most encouraging environmental stories that made headlines this month

Today’s news can be overwhelming and discouraging, and there is much work to be done in resolving the climate crisis. But instead of just dwelling on the negative, it's also important to acknowledge the progress that is being made towards a more sustainable planet. Every green step is a step in the right direction.

So let's celebrate these environmental wins that happened in April and stay motivated to protect our planet...

1. California introduces world’s largest wildlife crossingmountain lion cougarPhoto by Zach Key on Unsplash

Construction has begun on the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing, which will span 10 lanes over the 101 freeway in the Los Angeles area. The crossing will restore disrupted ecosystems, reconnect an integral wildlife corridor, and protect the lives of animals trying to cross the road, including a threatened local population of mountain lions.

2. Wind and solar power on track to meet 1.5°C climate target

wind turbinePhoto by Nicholas Doherty on UnsplashA new review from environmental non-profit think tank Ember has found that if wind and solar sustain the same growth rates that they have been averaging over the last decade through to 2030, the world will meet its goal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The report shares that wind and solar are the fastest growing sources of electricity, and accounted for a record 10 percent of global electricity in 2021.

3. Lottery winner uses €200 million prize to create environmental charityEuro lotteryPhoto by Waldemar Brandt on Unsplash

The winner of a €200 million EuroMillions jackpot is putting his payout towards setting up an environmental foundation called Anyama, which will protect forests and boost biodiversity. In an open letter, the winner (who has decided to remain anonymous) shares, “My dream has never been to acquire boats, castles or other sports cars, it is to be useful and to give meaning to this money, with maximum positive impact.”

4. Zurich is cutting off gas to some neighbourhoods to combat climate change

ZurichPhoto by Ricardo Gomez Angel on UnsplashSwitzerland’s largest city, Zurich, is shutting off the natural gas supply to entire neighbourhoods, as residents are encouraged to switch to renewable alternatives. This move was initiated 10 years ago with the aim of fighting the climate crisis. But curbing climate change isn’t the only benefit at play here—the shift away from natural gas will save money and also cut off the gas supply from Russia, which is fuelling the invasion of Ukraine.

5. Earth lovers celebrate Earth Day around the globeEarth FirstPhoto by Photo Boards on Unsplash

All around the world on April 22nd, lovers of the planet came together to advocate and act for the planetand that is a cause that is worth celebrating! It’s encouraging and inspiring to look at the events and activities that took place around the world, as shared on EarthDay.Org. Here at Environment 911 we celebrated in our own way, including sharing resources on 6 practical steps to make a positive impact, 12 family-friendly ways to celebrate Earth Day, as well as releasing lists on eco-minded books, sustainable wines and more.

While we still have a lot of work to protect the planet, we hope that these pieces of good news will encourage you to think positively as we work towards a better future!