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Finland: Living Green
by Jack Wellman
2007-11-21 09:45:32
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I would like to congratulate the nation of Finland. This nation leads the world in living green. That is, they lead the way toward people and earth-friendly environmental practices. This is no small accomplishment. This highly democratic nation ranks at the top in most of Europe’s and the world’s environmental, industrial and educational performances.

Finland is comparable with larger nations in manufacturing and services but has a remarkably low level of governmental and business corruption. Historically, Finland has also been universally rated as being the 6th most peaceful nations on earth and “best country to live in” (Reader’s Digest, 2007). The United States and United Nations should pay serious attention to what this nation has done and is doing in the areas of environmental concern and energy consumption.

Here is why Finland is a sterling example of what a sovereign nation can do and why people so love this nation. They emit miniscule portions of greenhouse gasses compared to other industrialized nations, their drinking water is perhaps the best in the world with only Norway having lower levels of pollutants in water. Even urban-area air quality is in the top 10 worldwide.

Finland has worked diligently to seek environmentally safe ways to produce and use energy sources. Childhood mortality rates and disease are especially low (8th lowest in world). Their air quality (8th best) is certainly a factor in this. The Nordic countries lead the world in renewable energy sources like wind and water (hydro-electric).

It has already been said that the population of Finland lives generally in peace. History has taught us that peaceful societies are often attributive to having an educated population. Education makes for an open (like Ovi means) mind: one to which new ideas and new realities are faced. There are signs the United States is beginning to look for alternative energy sources.

The city of Dodge City, Kansas (the Old West Cowboy mentality still lives) has struck out on its own, developing a giant wind farm. Where they once imported and paid much for energy, they now have extremely low utilities costs and are even selling energy to nearby municipalities. This city took advantage of the environment (the windiest spot on the North American Continent is Dodge City). The energy is free and renewable at no expense (save maintenance). Finland also has a long history of using wind energy.

Pratt, Kansas has constructed a huge 55 million-gallon-per-year ethanol plant made from corn. Brazil has over 200,000 Flexfuel vehicles from General Motors that run on ethanol. It has cut gas prices by 45%. The sugar cane they grow there is the highest concentration of ethanol-per-plant of any on earth…10 times more productive than corn. Brazil will soon be approaching 90% of their energy produced in-nation, cutting drastically their need for imported oil. Even locally in our small town of 1,500, we recycle about 65% of our trash. This recycles formerly land-fill material, into renewed material. Just look for the label “made from recycled material”.

Necessity really is the mother of invention. And when you put “national” and “crisis” in the same sentence, they put a lot of human energy into it. And a lot of thought. It is really about time…time that we start not only thinking green, but living it. You don’t have far to see the best example I know of: Finland. Congratulations are in order.

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