Costa Rica plans to be a carbon neutral country by the time it marks its bicentennial in 2021. And the Central American nation is not so far from that ambition — already 98 percent of its electricity comes from renewables.
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In the midst of political discourse and disagreement over the validity of the science behind global warming, it is refreshing to see a country determinedly act to further its use of renewable energy.
Costa Rica has managed to do what other democratic countries struggle to achieve; that is, identify a problem, determine a solution, establish a goal and take actions to accomplish it.
At the opening of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, Costa Rica’s president Luis Guillermo
Solis announced plans for “Costa Rica to be a carbon neutral country by the time it marks its bicentennial in 2021.” Carbon neutral. That’s huge even for a small country like Costa Rica. In fact, that’s huge for any entity – a city or a community. It’s huge even for an individual. Really, it’s just plain huge at any level.
Yet, they continue to raise the bar. Solis said that Costa Rica’s decision to embrace renewables “ ‘was in no way improvised — it’s the constitutional right of the people to enjoy a clean environment.’ ”