Carbon Neutrality: Bhutan’s example
With nowadays’ number of vehicles, factories, and so many electronic devices requiring electricity, the damage that has been done through carbon dioxide release requires new measures. One of those actions had been to become a Carbon Neutral country. In order to do that, the country needs to make some changes. Today, we share with you details on this hopeful environmental action and a great example of a country to follow, Bhutan.
What does it mean to be Carbon Neutral?
The term refers to net zero carbon emissions or footprint, through the balancing of the measured carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere and the amount that is offset. The process mainly deals with the emissions associated with transportation, energy production and industrial processes. The process includes several steps on behalf of the countries who are joining the causes, such as limiting the usage of transportation and obtaining energy from renewable sources.
A tiny country located in the middle of the Himalayas has remarkable environmental benchmarks. They have so many trees, that its carbon sinks because of their carbon dioxide absorption. They actually have negative carbon emissions. To top it off, Bhutan is aiming for zero net greenhouse gas emissions, zero-waste by 2030 and to grow 100 percent organic food by 2020.
Just a few days ago, the nation of Bhutan planted 108,000 trees to celebrate the birth of the first child of the royal family, King Khesar and Queen Jetson. The number 108 is special to them, as it denotes the “cleansing of 108 defilements that impede beings from attaining enlightenment.” This country is also known for their “happiness rate.” The occasion included the inauguration of the “Happiness Garden” where tourists are being asked to plant a tree to have trees that represent each country in the world.