- The consequences of climate change are already being felt all over the world, and every country should make it a priority to find ways to combat it before it is too late.
- Denmark plans to have half of its energy to come from renewable sources by 2030.
- The United States has withdrawn from the Paris Agreement but still manages to rank highly among countries that protect the environment.
Climate change is quite possibly the largest concern humanity has had to deal with in the past several centuries. The temperatures keep rising, and it is up to us to find ways to try and reverse this phenomenon before it is too late. We are already feeling many consequences, and our lives will continue to be impacted by climate change until we unite and do something.
Climate change affects everything around us, and it is impossible to overstate its influence. This is a global problem, and the measures needed to try and solve it, at least to a degree, need to be made on a national level, at the very least. This is why we bring a list of countries that have shown exemplary efforts in dealing with this problem and hope that others will follow their lead.
Denmark has been finding ways to combat climate change for a while now. The country was already making impressive strides in its efforts in 2017, but it has only improved. Several years ago, it was reported that 78% of the population of Denmark was in danger of being exposed to air pollution, and they managed to lower that percentage to 56% in 2019.
They are always trying their best to try and protect the environment, and they have a goal of at least half of its consumed energy to come from renewable sources by 2030. Quite an admirable goal.
According to research, Finland is one of the most environment-friendly countries on the planet. Somehow they managed to have exactly 0% of the population exposed to unsafe air pollution. That is an achievement everyone should strive for.
They are commonly referred to as one of the wealthiest countries in the world, and they have the necessary means to enforce effective green policies. Their aim is primarily to prevent damage and reduce risks, not try to fix stuff once it already happens. Just like Denmark, Finland has a goal of trying to use more and more renewable energy sources.
Norway already has an almost entirely renewable power system. This is primarily due to large amounts of hydropower the country has at its disposal. The greenhouse emissions in Norway are a bit higher than in other European countries however, but their goal is to try and reduce it as much as possible.
Another goal this nation has set for itself is to achieve zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. One thing worth noticing that does not exactly go into Norway’s favor is the fact that the country has a deficient percentage of protected marine and natural areas, with only 5%.
New Zealand is another country that achieved the impressive feat of 0% of its population being affected by unsafe air pollution. A large number of its areas are also protected, almost one third as of 2019. They even managed to reduce greenhouse emissions according to what they planned and are continually setting new goals.
However, the country is somewhat plagued by problems of soil erosion, deforestation, and the destruction of its wildlife territories. Still, with everything the nation has been doing to combat climate change, it is to be expected that these issues will get resolved in the future.
Australia follows in New Zealand’s footsteps, in that it also managed to achieve an impressive percentage of protected areas. The country is well known for its considerable achievements in trying to keep the environment safe. Some of these include the ban on plastic bags and various strategies to lessen food waste.
However, one of the most impressive feats is that the nation managed to construct the most massive lithium battery in the world. This battery is used for the storage of wind energy, which is an essential way of dealing with energy resources. Not everything is perfect; however, there was an increase in carbon emissions in Australia during the past 15 years, which damaged the countries’ reputation a bit.
Unlike the two countries we mentioned previously, Canada has a deficient percentage of protected areas, only 6.5%. However, Canada is the second-largest country on the planet, so that still makes up for a large portion of the territory. When we take a more detailed look, we can see that Canada boasts quite an impressive number of achievements in keeping the environment clean.
Some of those include the usage of renewable energy, climate-friendly technology, and the reduction of greenhouse emissions. The country might have a problem with climate change in that the rate of warming might negatively impact its northern frozen areas.
The United States of America
The United States made a bold and somewhat stupid move of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement in 2017. The Paris Agreement deals with several aspects of combating climate change. However, despite ignoring it, the U.S. manages to still rank highly among countries that are fighting to protect the environment.
The state manages to keep the percentage of people exposed to unsafe air pollution at only 3.3%, and a quarter of its territory is protected. However, the Trump administration plans to cut the budget used to fund the Environmental Protection Agency, so all of this might change, and the U.S. could fall off this list in the future.
Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007 and has since made enormous improvements to create an environmentally-friendly climate. The country continues to follow the directives of the European Union, and one of its most important goals is to achieve the usage of 16% of renewable energy by the year 2020.
They already managed to reduce air pollution in the past several decades significantly. Almost a third of the land in Bulgaria is protected by the government, which significantly reduces the possible damage.