zondag 15 maart 2009
Maldives first to go carbon neutral
Mohamed Nasheed, the president of the Maldives, announced that he wants his country to be carbon-neutral within a decade. The president said that he has a plan to realize his wish and hopes that many countries will follow. It’s very important that everybody will realize that the global warming can be a big danger for many people. Scientists expect rising seas caused by climate change and this could endanger the Maldives and other low-lying nations.
A new renewable electricity generation and transmission infrastructure with 155 large wind turbines, half a square kilometre of rooftop solar panels, and a biomass plant burning coconut husks are all part of the plan. The plan includes a back-up system too, for when neither wind nor solar energy is available. President Nasheed wants a carbon-neutral nation so he also has to tackle the polluting cars and boats. The plan includes that cars and boats with polluting engines will be replaced gradually by electric versions.
I think that this is a very good and progressive plan. It’s a good idea of Mohamed Nasheed, but maybe it could be difficult to realize. I hope that it will succeed and that a lot of leading people will consider the plan too, to take it over on their own country. It will be harder to succeed for bigger countries of course, but every effort to reduce the carbon emissions and to use green, durable energy is worth a try.