From the continued war in Syria, terror attacks, political turmoil and we lost some amazing people.
But, amid that darkness, there were also many wonderful things that happened in 2016.
My top favorites are:
Humpback whales were removed from the endangered species list
Green sea turtles in Florida and Mexico were taken off the endangered list
Gambia and Tanzania banned child marriage
Norway became the first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation
In 2016 Costa Rica ran solely on renewable energy for over 100 days. Now it's aiming for an entire year with no fossil fuels
Plastic bag use dropped massively in UK thanks to charging for them
The US finalized new regulations to shut down commercial elephant ivory trade within its borders
In September, giant pandas became the latest species to be taken off the endangered list.
The first round-the-world flight by a solar powered plane was completed by Solar impulse 2 in Abu Dhabi
What were your favorite things that happened in 2016?
Wishing you a fantastic 2017 ! Love, happiness, health, prosperity, joy and lots of laughter
: market watch, Avaaz.org, medium.com, The independent, BBC, Guardian