If you care about the environment, it’s easy to get frustrated these days. No matter how hard you try to be part of the solution — from personal choices like growing your own food or ditching your car, to signing petitions, becoming involved in community projects, or even rallying for a larger cause — there always seems to be another shocking report, failed treaty, or devastating superstorm to dash your hopes for a sustainable future.

While the problems we face are indeed formidable, and the media misses no opportunity to alert us to the latest calamity, there are also developments that should give us reason to stay optimistic and engaged. Check out 6 things to feel hopeful about if you like Mother Earth (and one lost cause) at Matador Travel Network.