Building a society without fossil fuels is possible. We need to shake of the myth that it cannot be done. The belief that a country needs to choose between nature and development is complete rubbish. This TED Talk explains all.
Costa Rica, although relatively special due to its volcanic activity, produces nearly 100% of its energy from renewables. However, Austria and Germany have taken huge leaps without a volcano in sight.
Countries all need to take brave steps. In 1948 Costa Rica abolished their army replacing fighting with conservation. They turned military spending into social spending. It is now a very stable and safe country, a country that thousands travel miles to soak up its nature and perfect beaches.
Investing in environmental protection will not hurt a countries economy or dent its protection. Costa Rica is a small country in comparison to America or England but they have big ideas. England recently spent £205 billion on Trident, a deterrent against nuclear attacks which are argued to be extremely unlikely. However, prior to this, England stopped offshore wind farm subsidies when climate change is a certainty. We need a reality check, stat!
We know how vulnerable we are to climate change, the effects it has on the earth around us and the deaths it causes. It’s really time to pull our fingers out and start pointing it at the ones that are letting us down. As a very sunny destination, Australia is a good place to start, watch this video from the Climate Council for more information.