Happy Environmental Stories


Catalina Kerwin, Journalist

It seems like these days all we hear about are the stories of our planet slowly dying. With billions of tons of trash in our oceans and species becoming endangered and extinct every day it is time for us to make a change. However not everything is terrible, there are many people trying to help Earth everyday. Here are 6 feel good stories about people helping earth guaranteed to make you smile.  

Albatrosses find illegal fishing boats 

Albatrosses are massive birds that circle the ocean looking for fish. Recently Albatrosses were used to find boats fishing illegally. Fishing boats are required to have an AIS signal, short for Automatic Identification System, is an automatic ship tracking system. It tracks a ships location and other important details about its fishing. When boats are fishing illegally they may turn off their signal to avoid being caught. It is very hard to track a boat if it has turned of its AIS signal. Recently Albatrosses were fitted with tiny tracking devices to spot fishing boats. Albatrosses are attracted to fishing boats, because obviously, fish! Using the sneaky tracking device Albatrosses spotted 353 boats that had their AIS signal turned off. It is still being determined if these boats were in fact fishing illegally.














A Thai entrepreneur has turned flip flops into a sustainable business

Of the 5.25 trillion pieces of trash floating in the ocean, old flip flops are among the most commonly found items. A university team made old flip flops into new mats and footwear. He ground up the old flip-flops and bound them together creating flexible thin mats. These mats were used to make new footwear. An organization called trash hero held a massive beach cleanup and picked up hundreds of old flip flops that were made into new sustainable footwear. 








The second largest Coral Reef is no longer endangered 

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is still experiencing rapid die off because of pollution and trash. A section of the Coral Reef of the coast of Central America’s Belize, the world’s second-largest coral reef has been removed from UNESCO’s endangered list. The reef is no longer facing danger from development and oil. 






Flamingo breeding ground Lake Natron saved

Lake Natron is the most important breeding site for Lesser Flamingos. The lake was under threat with plans to build a soda factory at the site. Thankfully, In March the government announced it had abandoned those plans because of the risk to flamingos. The government was pressured into this decision due to the hard work of climate activists and passionate citizens. As a result millions of flamingos and potentially the species as a whole was saved! 

Amazon Bush dogs caught on camera 

A pack of rare Amazon bush dogs were caught on camera in Eastern Bolivia. The Bush dogs were spotted on a farm in Bolivia. Bush dogs and other predators are at risk because farmers kill them to protect their livestock. Bush dogs like these are rarely seen.   










A duck in Madagascar is taking steps toward recovery

Pochard, a duck found in Madagascar ounce thought extinct is taking steps toward recovery. The ducks are at risk from habitat loss but due to the hard work of people they are recovering. In November, twelve Pochard ducklings were born in the wild!