Can we flip the calendar already? We had barely made it past January when the memes about how the days felt like weeks and the weeks felt like months began ricocheting around the internet. It only got worse from there: a deadly pandemic and international lockdown, police killings of Black Americans, climate-change-fueled extreme weather events that hammered from all directions, and a nail-biting US election that revealed how entrenched the divisions in American society are.
Yet even in the midst of all the bad news, there were encouraging signs of progress, especially on the environmental front. The transition to clean energy showed signs of accelerating, environmental groups notched some major wins against fossil fuel projects, and the movement as a whole demonstrated a renewed commitment to forging alliances with social justice organizations.