A country that is not just carbon neutral, they're carbon negative...
In 2016, Bhutan (a small country next to India) produced 2.2 million tonnes of CO2. However, their forests removed 3 x this amount, making them a carbon sink for 4 million tonnes of CO2 per year.
How do they achieve this?
The way their country operates is based on this statement below:
Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product
- The 4th king of Bhutan
With a mission to put happiness before economic growth, Bhutan has set the world standard for environmental preservation.
They export renewable energy from their fast-flowing rivers, which avoids more than 6 million tonnes of CO2 being produced. By 2020 they will export enough energy to eliminate 17 million tonnes of CO2 a year.
Their economy is small but:
- Education is free for all citizens, & those who work hard are given free college
- Medical care is also free (medical treatment, consultation, and medicines).
- Free electricity is provided to rural farmers
- They invest in sustainable transport and subsidise the cost of electric vehicles
- They plant trees through their Green Bhutan program
- Rubbish is cleaned up through the Clean Bhutan program, with a goal of zero waste by 2030.
- Their animals are free to roam across the country, without poaching.
- 72% of the country is under forest cover, the constitution demands that at least 62% of the country's total land shall remain under forest cover forever.
They believe economic growth must not come from undermining their unique culture or pristine environment.
I'm speechless, there are so so many things I love about this, I hope they can inspire other countries to shift their mindset to prioritise the health of people & the planet, over profit.
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