Wednesday, 20 November 2013

GNIS Post #4/Consumerism Tumblr Mash Up


For my novel study, I had decided to look further into Geography of Hope by Chris Turner. As indicated by the title of the book, it mentions that it is The Geography of Hope: A tour of the world we need, which shows that this book or rather author tours the world and explores the different countries and how they are developing in these new and renewable technologies. I had decided to research more into Denmark’s technologies and how they are developing as a country.  
At 5,584,758 people, Denmark is the leading country in promoting and implementing sustainability and sustainable energy sources. Denmark’s political system is a parliamentary democracy somewhat similar to Canada’s.  Denmark is a multi-party  structure, where several parties can be represented in Parliament at any one time. Denmark also has a goal by 2050 to be 100% renewable. We still have to keep in mind though that Denmark’s population is just under 6 million people, which in a way makes it easier for the country to implement their renewable energy ideas and much easier for them to sustain their country with only renewable energy. When we take U.S into perspective, with 313.9 million people it is much harder as a country for them to sustain their energy demands.
Not only does the Geography of Hope relate to global warming and the hope for sustainable energy but also somewhat to consumerism (almost anything does nowadays). This idea of sustainability has been on the radar of many environmentalists and many countries governments. Denmark is much like Canada when looking at their political and economical status but in many ways, but also different when comparing to the changes they have done to make their country better as a whole. Now, to be sustainable you have to have sustainable products such as hybrid cars, windmills and other renewable energy technologies. Just because Denmark has further improved and implemented these technologies does not mean that these sustainable products are made locally. Denmark both exports and imports products from other countries and companies not local to Denmark. This in a way is promoting sustainability to other businesses, countries and producers as by creating these products, they also look into these sources and develop different ways to even produce them with sustainable sources.
Something that I found interesting about Denmark’s sustainable choices was how this bill of making wind power for their source of energy was passed on. Usually there would be a say from the citizens for such action to be taken upon but in this case, the Denmark government had passed on the bill to invest in sustainable energy sources hoping that this will turn many consumer products to be “green” as they were made with low harm to the environment.

Anyways, Have Fun!

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