I recently became quite familiar with the fancy options on my keyboard for accent marks from other languages while reading Chris Turner’s book The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need. One very special island community kept coming up over and over again: Samsø, an island off the coast of Denmark, and perhaps the world’s first carbon neutral island.

After a decade of hard work, and with the help of many wind turbines both on and off shore, Samsø has forgone fossil fuel energy sources entirely, and they now produced more than 100% of their energy from renewables. They have retrofitted communities to run off of wind and solar power, without drastically changing the landscape.

Samsø is the first of many carbon neutral communities we are likely to see in the future. With some worthwhile investment, good local leadership, and a little technology sustainability is a feasible goal for communities to work towards. But these projects start in communities willing to drive them to success, not multinational government subsidies and policies.


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