Costa Rica To Ban Fossil Fuels & Be First In World To Decarbonise
What's Going On Here?
On Wednesday, the new president of Costa Rica announced plans to completely ban fossil fuels and become the worlds first decarbonised country.
What Does This Mean?
This is a pretty huge idea from such a small country. The new president, Carlos Alvarado, made the announcement to thousands of people during his inauguration on Wednesday.
"We have the titanic and beautiful task of abolishing the use of fossil fuels in our economy to make way for the use of clean and renewable energies.” - Carlos Alvarado, President
The aim is to implement a plan to end fossil fuel usage by the year 2021. Costa Rica have proved that they are no sloth when it comes to sustainability. They already generate over 99% of its electricity using renewable energy sources, but the main hurdle to overcome if they are to reach their ambitious goal of removing fossil fuels by 2021 is transport.
Why Should We Care?
Costa Rica’s push towards clean energy faces no large-scale backlash, partly because the country has no significant oil or gas industry. However, we are yet to see how a 'zero fossil fuels' country applies their rules to air travel. Given that Costa Rica's economy makes almost $3billion a year, we shall see!
And if you really really want to visit the sloths but don't want to fly to Costa Rica, there are a few places in the UK where you can get involved in Sloth Experiences. We challenge you to get there sustainably!
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