Costa Rica is a Model for Carbon Neutral Future

January 8, 2020

4 Responses to “Costa Rica is a Model for Carbon Neutral Future”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    It’s nice to know that fairy tales are alive in the world.

    There are more people (6.3 million) in the 75 mile across DC metro area than in four times bigger Costa Rica, and we are madly urban sprawling, building roads, building McMansions, buying ICE pickups and SUV’s, and otherwise cancelling many times over whatever advances are being made in Costa Rica. Fairy tales ARE fun, though.

  2. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    It helps that Costa Rica does not suffer from a Resource Curse, meaning there is no reason for supernational corporations to buy local politicians to give them extraction and pollution rights. Oil and high-demand minerals lead to the corruption that interferes with social development in many countries.

    • J4Zonian Says:

      Quesada said they don’t have natural resources (with an odd emphasis on “natural”, leading into that brightsiding bullsh about people being the resource… but they do of course. Nature is their resource. Like Belize, they rely a lot on nature and ecological tourism, which makes for a completely different relationship with the land and its inhabitants. They have to keep it alive. It’s an intersubjective, or I-and-Thou relationship rather than the objectifying extractive one we form with “resources”.

      They also have almost no military, a related aspect of the same phenomenon which comes from and reinforces a different relationship to themselves and their neighbors. It’s not paradise, of course, but it clearly makes a difference in their lives.


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