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Costa Rica Has Doubled Its Forest Cover In The Last 30 Years

By - 27th May 2019

In many places, forests are disappearing rapidly. The Amazon Rainforest, Germany’s Black Forest, generally trees across the world are dying. Thanks to global warming, overfarming and deforestation, we’re slowly killing the planet. But Costa Rica are changing things for the better.

The country committed to changing their environment for the better. Costa Rica is a leader in biodiversity, sustainability, and environmental protections. The government plans to completely remove fossil fuels by 2050, however some think that is a little far-fetched.

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Costa Rica’s first lady Claudia Dobles hopes that their changes can enforce positivty surrounding the environment. She says that  their rainforest growth will combat the “sense of negativity and chaos” that surrounds talk about global warming. Instead of worrying, she says “We need to start providing answers.”

While their aims seem huge, over the past 30 years Costa Rica has doubled its forest cover. This will have a profound effect on the country’s environment. The air will be cleaner, the animal life will thrive, and carbon dioxide levels will decrease. Currently, forests cover over half the country’s landmass. But, it wasn’t always that way.

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Environmental Progress

The President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, says that climate change is “the greatest task of our generation.” He hopes that his country’s progress will inspire other nations to do more. Costa Rica are world leaders in forest regrowth, and hopefully other countries will follow in their impressive footsteps.

However, University of Tokyo researcher Robert Blasiak thinks that their work could help on an international scale. “Taking a closer look at what Costa Rica has accomplished in the past 30 years may be just the impetus needed to spur real change on a global scale.”

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