Some good news for those interested in making the world a greener place: Governments and companies around the world have big goals to help reduce pollution and emissions. Curious to know what is happening where? Read on! California: The city of San Francisco promises that by 2035, all of its buses will be electric. What does that mean? It means no smog or harmful chemicals will be released into the air from fuel. Nice going, San Francisco! (Trivia: Which city’s busses are one-hundred percent electric? Answer: Shenzhen, China! All 16,359 buses are electric as of January 2018!) Switzerland: Synthetic pesticides are often a topic of debate among farmers and in agricultural communities. While they protect fields and farms, they also release toxins into the air that can cause health issues. A petition to ban all synthetic pesticides gained more than 10,000 signatures. Nice! But wait—before it becomes a law, the bill has to get enough votes in the next Swiss election, which is in three years. (Trivia: Only one other country has completely banned pesticides—do you know which one it is? Bhutan!) Global Companies: If you are worried that old, used products are just headed to landfills, you are probably right. Landfills are a huge issue in countries such as the United States, even as cities, communities, and individuals try harder to recycle products. Companies like Target and Walmart sell new gear—like car seats for kids—but they’re also taking care of old stuff that could just end up in landfills. Partnering with companies that could reuse these products, the companies are encouraging families to bring in their old car seats.
May 25, 2018