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22 things we learned
in 2022

22 things we learned
in 2022

Words: Robert Langkjær-Bain

Illustrations: Ibrahim Rayintakath

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The 5 team love having our minds blown by new discoveries and crazy ideas. All year round, we scour the world for the smartest sustainable solutions, the most passionate people and the most inspiring ideas. Here’s what we came across in the last twelve months.

Art in a creative approach to marine conservation. Photo: Gianni Cipriano

 1. Art

Giant stone sculptures are protecting the sea floor ecosystem from trawlers off the coast of Tuscany.

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2. Laughter 

One environmental scientist has turned to standup comedy to get his message on the climate crisis across.

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Growing veg in the most unlikely of settings. Photo: Klaus Thymann

3. Food

In the Jordanian desert, farmers are growing cucumbers, peppers and passion fruit, by using solar power to evaporate seawater.

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4. Reuse

In Copenhagen, you can borrow reusable coffee cups for free, then return them to any of more than 100 cafes.

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This biodegradable coffin is made of mycelium. Photo courtesy of Loop

5. Life (and death)

You can choose to be buried in a biodegradable coffin made from fungus, which turns your body into compost.

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6. Recycling 

Refugees in the Sahara desert are recycling their own plastic and turning it into products they can sell.

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7. Girl power

Educating women and girls is a more effective way to hold back climate change than renewable energy.

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Another step in the solar energy revolution. Photo: Steve Proehl via Getty Images

8. Solar energy

France is requiring all parking lots to be covered with solar panels.

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9. Facts and stats

When it comes to what you can do to help the environment, recycling is not as important as you think.

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Environmental activist Leah Thomas. Photo: Ye Rin Mok

10. Climate justice

“Environmentalism flows through everything,” activist Leah Thomas explains. That means “making sure we are protecting all endangered species, including endangered humans.”

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11. Birdsong

An English folk musician duets with nightingales.

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12. Nature 

Trees are people too. Or at least, forests in some countries now have constitutional rights.

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You don’t have to dig deep to become a co-owner of this Danish farm. Photo: Kasper Kristoffersen

13. Regenerative farming

You can own a farm for €20 a month. In Denmark, thousands of people are signing up to become joint owners of regenerative farms.

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14. Awe

Up close, jellyfish look a bit like galaxies.

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15. Music

Coldplay are using kinetic dancefloors to generate electricity from the movement of fans jumping up and down at its concerts.

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This image invites us to reflect on the raw materials we take from our planet. Photo: Dillon Marsh

16. Photography

A single picture really can speak volumes – in this case visualising 302,500 tonnes of copper extracted from the Earth.

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17. Biodesign

You can make chairs from mushrooms.

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Soldier flies are looking promising as a free-breeding, planet-friendly source of protein. Photo: David Vintiner

18. Bugs

Beneath a railway arch in London, a farm is growing insects.

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19. Change

We would need 1.74 Earths to sustain the way we eat today.

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20. Beauty 

Trash can be beautiful.

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Could the future of flying be electric? Photo courtesy of Eviation

21. Progress 

A new plane wants to become the world’s first electric passenger aircraft – but so far its maximum flight time is only 8 minutes.

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22. Wheels

If the whole world cycled as much as the Dutch, it would be like taking one in five cars off the road.

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