Today’s Solutions: July 22, 2024

Good Governance

What does good governance look like? In this good news section, we share international examples of good governance, from efforts directed at the protection of civil rights to initiatives aimed at the sustainable use of natural resources and the protection of the environment.

Namibia High Court lifts ban o

Namibia High Court lifts ban on gay sex, a win for human rights

BY THE OPTIMIST DAILY EDITORIAL TEAM Namibia's high court has overturned a statute that criminalized gay intercourse, a huge victory for LGBTQ+ campaigners. This ruling is a watershed moment in the quest for equal rights throughout Africa, where progress has been uneven in recent years. A Read More...

Denmark to pioneer CO2 tax on

Denmark to pioneer CO2 tax on farms in a global first

BY THE OPTIMIST DAILY EDITORIAL TEAM Denmark, a major pork and dairy exporter, is slated to become the first country to impose a carbon dioxide tax on livestock emissions beginning in 2030. This daring step intends to dramatically cut the agricultural sector's carbon footprint while also Read More...

Air pollution down 40%: a loo

Air pollution down 40%: a look at a pedestrianized Paris

BY THE OPTIMIST DAILY EDITORIAL TEAM Paris will seem very different from how it did ten years ago when the Summer Olympics roll around this summer. Since 2014, Mayor Anne Hidalgo has led a substantial makeover in Paris aimed at reducing vehicle dependence and encouraging greener urban living. Read More...

Shasta Tribe finally reclaims

Shasta Tribe finally reclaims ancestral lands long buried by Klamath River Reservoir

BY THE OPTIMIST DAILY EDITORIAL TEAM In a historic effort, the Shasta Indian Nation stands to regain nearly 2,800 acres of ancestral grounds buried by the Copco I dam on the Klamath River. This important return coincides with California Governor Gavin Newsom's apology to the state's tribes, Read More...

Claudia Sheinbaum becomes Mexi

Claudia Sheinbaum becomes Mexico's first female president

Claudia Sheinbaum has been selected as Mexico's first female president, winning by a landslide. Preliminary results from Mexico's official electoral authority show that the 61-year-old former mayor of Mexico City received between 58 percent and 60 percent of the vote, outperforming her primary Read More...

Big Oil to pay for climate ch

Big Oil to pay for climate change damages in Vermont

Vermont became the first state in the United States to enact legislation mandating fossil fuel companies to pay for climate change-related losses. This unprecedented legislation comes after a string of disastrous weather disasters, including severe floods last summer, that wreaked havoc on the Read More...

Free period products for remot

Free period products for remote Indigenous communities in Canada

A new federal effort aims to reduce period poverty in Canada's northern and remote Indigenous communities. According to recent polls, one in every five Canadians struggles to buy period supplies, and the problem is considerably more severe for Indigenous people living in remote locations. According Read More...

Free diapers for Medicaid fami

Free diapers for Medicaid families opens a new frontier in public health

Set to make history, Tennessee will offer free diapers to Medicaid families, making it the first state in the US to do so. This effort, just approved by federal officials, is set to begin in August. Following closely, Delaware gained similar government approval to expand a trial program that Read More...

The case for taxing big fossil

The case for taxing big fossil fuel firms: a solution for funding climate resilience 

A fresh report argues that imposing a tax on fossil fuel firms operating in the wealthiest countries may dramatically boost climate finance, delivering much-needed assistance to countries dealing with the effects of the climate catastrophe. The plan, presented in the Climate Damages Tax study, Read More...

USDA implements new school mea

USDA implements new school meal standards to reduce added sugars

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced significant changes to school meal laws, including the first time added sugars will be banned on the nation's school menus. The new standards also aim to reduce sodium consumption as part of a larger push to improve the nutritional Read More...