Should we follow Norway's footsteps?

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Norway is the flagship of a country that painted green all over the canvas. Recycling bins. Those are decked and suffused around the whole country. They employ solar, wind and hydroelectric power as their chief source of energy. Containers and plastics are replaced by biodegradable products, are you feeling me? They sell their fossil fuels to other countries who may want it, so you know that their economy is booming due to the funding of those exports. But, is that really helping the earth or just Norway? Should we take this idea and make it worldwide, using fossil fuels for important ventures until the advancement of technology?

In their country, the sound of a revving Tesla greets you and it suggests that they have converted from conventional gas and petrol to electricity. The energy sources aforementioned are used to supply the electrical terminals with power and the export funds ultimately sustain the usage and expansion of these machines that take energy from nature. The government also motivates them by making the recharging of their cars free, the exclusive use of the HOV (High-occupancy vehicle) lane and so on. It's like you're not paying for gas! And, you are automatically privileged with a spacey highway lane. Now, that's convenient! Certainly, I'm not saying we should make people buy more Teslas but we should create a system that is similar to this. Should we? What are your thoughts on that?

Likewise, I believe that the world can go green and use readily available natural energy resources following Norway’s footsteps. But this time, they should either completely halt the employment of those non-renewable energy bodies or use them sparsely. Methods like raising the price for industries that expel carbon emission from their smokestacks and chimneys. We could encourage the governments of countries to advertise and promote a greener future and start funding and mass distributing biodegradable and energy-conserving products from the already-existing, small start-ups and dynamo businesses such as Social Bite, World Centric, etc. There are spoons made of rice and wheat - completely biodegradable - water blobs wrapped with seaweed extract which totally makes the plastics old-moded and ineffective. What do you think? Should we follow the wonderfully green lifestyle of Norway or should we find another solution? Are you willing to live a zero-trash lifestyle? How do you think this will turn out in the future, concerning your health, the environment's health and climate change? Share your thoughts.

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  • Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
    26 Apr 2021

    This is a thought-provoking post. You've researched another country's actions to seek solutions for others.

    You say that Norway is 'wonderfully green' but you also say that they do still sell fossil fuels to other countries. How do you feel about this?

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  • global-conversation.png open_knowledge | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    26 Apr 2021

    your speech is beautiful
    But don't you notice that these measures drain natural resources and do not support sustainable development?
    For example, as stated in the manufacture of spoons of rice and wheat, if the world begins to implement this proposal, I expect it
    There will be a global shortage of rice and wheat, and it will be grown on a large scale around the world, resulting in the depletion of the mineral elements in the soil plus that if a specific pest strikes it, it will be difficult to control and there will be huge losses.
    There will also be some countries that grow more rice and wheat than others
    Because of its favorable climate or the presence of large areas, there will be no equal quantities of rice and wheat between countrie
    But I will look at the issue of unequal quantities from another point of view
    It could increase economic and trade exchange between countries and push countries with few wheat and rice to devise new technological methods for agriculture and meeting the needs of the country's population.

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Melinda Jones @ Hogan Lovells
      open_knowledge's comment 27 Apr 2021

      A good point looking at both sides of Norway's approach to climate change open_knowledge. What measures can you think of which do support sustainable development?

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    2. global-conversation.png creative_cliff | Jamaica College | Jamaica
      open_knowledge's comment 27 Apr 2021

      That is a powerful and compelling rebuttal. I liked the way how you spoke about the economic and trade exchange between the less fortunate countries compared with the bonanzas. And surely, wheat and rice would be quite expensive but I don't concur with the fact that there will be a shortage of wheat and rice. Because of the ever-growing technological advancement and the improvement in agricultural management, there will be calculated practices to harvest and replant these valuable resources.

      How should we deal with countries not-so-fortunate?
      Well, the barons of big guys with a high production of wheat and rice should convene and form some kind of philanthropic welfare for them. We could persuade them with the pathos expression of them receiving a surplus at the end of the financial year and favourable recognition, just for their good deed. And with the betterment of science, we can find some other solution besides wheat and rice for utensils. For example, they can use safe, water-soluble material to replace them. I believe that could happen because they have already found solutions for plastic bottles being replaced by seaweed extract and refillable as well as biodegradable material. Likewise, plastic bags are replaced with a type of material that melts in water. And of course, it doesn't melt when a single raindrop falls on it. The agitation of the mixture has to be executed such as mixing it with a spoon.

      If a pest strikes, that would be harrowingly awful. Nonetheless, they could use eco-friendly fogging and fumigation and/or possibly distribute them under protective zones with domes covering them. But, I would go with the first option. There will always be rippling problems but surely we can find a solution to quell them.

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      1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
        creative_cliff's comment 28 Apr 2021

        Are some of your suggestions quite expensive? Would they be feasible for poorer areas?

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        1. global-conversation.png creative_cliff | Jamaica College | Jamaica
          Tiff @ the BNC's comment 29 Apr 2021

          Yes. I addressed that in one of my 'hopeful' comments. But, I suppose if I were to conjure a solution right now, I would say there should be a "full-electric" transport system with electric buses, electric cars, electric trucks, electric taxis, hydrogen-powered sea vessels and possibly electric planes. Hydrogen doesn't react with water so it would be a safe idea to use the hydrogen engine for sea vessels. Other machines like lawnmowers and leaf blowers would possibly be expunged with companies advertising their electric-powered versions as the trend and marketing strategies go on. Eventually, as the country's economic value increases and electric machines become more normalized, everyone would benefit. By and large, it would be a longstanding process.

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