04/22/2014 08:02 am ET Updated Apr 22, 2014

11 Wins For The Environment Since Last Year's Earth Day

It often seems that environmental news is overwhelmingly negative -- think the recent North Carolina coal ash spill, the West Virginia chemical leak and the proposed dumping of dredged mining waste into the Greater Barrier Reef. That all sounds highly depressing, right?

On this Earth Day, let's take a second to celebrate the progress that's been made for the planet since Earth Day in 2013, and remember that there are environmental victories.

There are dozens of international and national non-profits working to conserve the environment, and there are even more local conservation groups, government entities and countless individuals that risk arrest for the betterment of the planet, too. So, the next time you find your passion for the environment to be isolating or grim, remember that we're all in this fight together.

Without further adieu, here's a sampling of the victories for the planet that have been made since April 22, 2013.

11 Victories for the Planet