Recent studies show that the world is warming faster than expected. Climate-change experts warn people that the drastic change in temperature may cause drought, food shortage, wildfires, and flooding in different parts of the world.
While most of the world is still far from achieving significant changes to help curb climate change, some countries are putting up conscious efforts in putting forth positive contributions to the Earth’s welfare.
Norway tops the list of green living countries. They have successfully implemented several environmental initiatives, which have led them to generate 99% of their energy requirement purely from renewable sources. Norwegians also practice friluftsliv – a way of life that encourages them to spend more time outdoors to trigger positive emotions. The practice is deeply engrained in their culture and tradition.
Moreover, the country has significantly converted their vehicle of choice from traditional engine-driven cars to electric cars. Norway’s government pledges to be climate neutral towards the end of 2030.
Portugal ranks third among countries with solid goals to make a greener Earth. It is normal for Portuguese people to exercise recycling and to compost the waste they generate. Their government has also invested a huge sum of money for a full network of electric car charging station.
They influence their children to adapt green living habits at a very young age – providing them with adequate environmental education classes, some of which involves small trips to the park. Moreover, as Portugal is a hugely agrarian society, they have effectively utilized majority of the landscape to build sustainable renewable energy infrastructures.
Uruguay is named as the most ethical tourist destination for its environmental and social policies. The country is a global champion for renewable energy. Most of their public transportations utilize energy out of renewable sources. Uruguay also boasts of an international airport, which is the first in Latin America to have integrated a solar power plant.
This country is one of the first to suffer the drastic effects of climate change. In an effort to protect its agricultural lands, the government have committed to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions to 30% by 2030.
Kenya enforces strict regulations when it comes to implementing environmental policies. Offenders are given jail time and huge fines when caught. Local communities also participate in protecting the country’s ecosystem by effectively enforcing environmental policies.
New Zealand is unwavering when it comes to implementing strict policies to protect its natural resources as its economy largely depend on the income brought by the tourism sector. These efforts are laid out to help maintain the identity of New Zealand as a ‘Clean and Green’ country.
Because of the country’s huge livestock farming industry, the methane production of its agricultural grazing lands puts New Zealand as one of the top carbon emitters in the world. To address this issue, the country launched the ‘Net-Zero in New Zealand’ campaign, which aims to make the country carbon neutral by the year 2050.