The island off mainland Denmark that wants to be free of fossil fuels within 15 years
A role model that we should all follow…
We know how much we have been regretting all of the stuff that we did that has made the world in such a horrible condition and we would actually want to make everything better again. But as far as we would like to make everything right, it would take us years to build a community wherein we wouldn’t be making any more harmful consequences for our beloved nature. Making a community or even a city with no carbon footprint and whatsoever is one step out of the thousands that we need to do, but that one small step is all we need to start the domino effect. And when an island in Denmark named Samso is pledging to be a carbon footprint-free community in less than 15 years is making their rightful rounds in the internet. Maybe it was because they are one of the communities in Denmark that is starting the fight, and we would like to join in and support the fight however we can.
It all started when Samso won a government-sponsored contest to create a model community for renewable energy, sourcing all its electricity from a combination of wind, solar, and geothermal energy. And even having been able to be a role model community ever since 1997, funds for their green project has been threatened to be stopped and it seems that they have decided. But not until recently, funds have started to come back up, and it was great news for the community. Of course, with their green project, they would want to actually be productive and use everything renewable. If one community can do it, it would make any other community confident that they might as well be able to do it much better than the first ones. It’s all about evolution. And when the funds started to come, a funding with an amount of 7.5 million Kroner (£674,000) has been given to make the community fossil free by the end of 2030. Its 20 years earlier before the Danish nation wants to be fossil free, which is in 2050.
Soren Hermansen, director of the Samsø Energy Academy, said the renewed funding was a sign that the island was “onto something”.
“It’s certainly a relief. It’s fantastic, that we can continue. We have perspective that go above and beyond our current means, and are thinking several years ahead,” he told The Local.
“It’s also a sign that we’re onto something - there was broad support for the pledge.”
The community and the nation wanted to be an inspiration for others to start building their own green community in which everything will be renewable and no one would be using any more fossil fuels that needs to be badly replaced in our planet. Our planet is our home, and no one is capable of making a change but us. It’s definitely a relief that some are trying to go to great lengths and we do think that we should follow their lead.