Microblog Mondays: Bhutan’s journey to becoming carbon negative

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Bhutan - The mysterious kingdom Bhutan – The mysterious kingdom

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Bhutan is a tiny mountainous country landlocked far away in the Himalayas. Aided by it’s expensive visa policy for most tourists, Bhutan has largely stayed away from excessive commercialization in the name of tourism and has thus kept it’s mysterious aura intact.

72% of the country is covered in forests and this has helped it become a carbon sink rather than a carbon polluter. While it’s trees can absorb about 6 million tons of carbon per year, Bhutan only produces 1.5 million tons of carbon annually. Another key factor in helping it become carbon negative is importance given to Gross National Happiness (GNH) rather than Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

As part of GNH, one of the key initiatives was the pledge to not let forest cover go below 60%, ban logging and also encourage the use of hydroelectric power and other renewable energy sources. While…

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  1. nice post keep up the good work 🙂

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    1. thanks, will try my best 😀

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  2. Tina Basu says:

    See, a small country with right intentions can do big things. Congratulations to Bhutan!

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    1. You bet Tina. Much to learn from our neighbour 🙂

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  3. RamyaRao says:

    Bhutan was on my list this year, but got cancelled. I surely need to re-think my decision.

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    1. Ramya, you gotta go. Next time around, cancel the other stuff and go 🙂

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  4. Srikanth says:

    I visited Bhutan last year and was mesmerised by the country. I hope to return some day.

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    1. Oh wow! i’m so putting you on my Bhutan reference list :p Will be handy when i eventually plan my trip there. Cheers 🙂

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  5. anandsharma says:

    Would like to visit someday.

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    1. Same here Sir, Same here 🙂

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  6. Bhutan is beautiful and they are doing things right, as a nation. Wish to visit soon. 🙂

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    1. Yes, been hearing a lot about it. Wish to ride & explore the place someday too 🙂

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  7. Omkar, i so totally agree with the happiness quotient & other such important parameters. Super happy that Aseem has highlighted the goodness that is Bhutan in his post that i shared from here: https://transitionofthoughts.com/author/aseemrastogi2/. And i can’t help but nod my head in agreement on the dangers of letting profit & economic growth leading our lives instead of the more important stuff.

    Guess, there’s loads to learn from our neighbours.
    Cheers 🙂

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  8. Omkar says:

    That’s a rocking nation right there. We need such meaningful measurements, like GNH that will transform the entire way we live, our health, our happiness, and as a natural result the growth and progress of society and nation. But unfortunately we are yet far from seeing this clearly, for us still ‘meaningful’ things can’t be measured, what can’t be measured, can’t be quantified, where there is no quantity, there is nothing to be gained, no profit, but right when profit and economic growth becomes the sole motive, everything else that is most important and even indispensable goes for a toss. Yes boss!

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    1. Thanks Ruchi. It is actually Aseem who penned the write-up. I merely shared his post. So all credits to him. You can check out his work here: https://transitionofthoughts.com/author/aseemrastogi2/

      Cheers 🙂

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  9. deepagandhi says:

    Bhutan is very beautiful..good one!

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    1. Hey Deepa, the nation definitely is on my radar, for it’s people friendly life. Thankfully, Aseem Rastogi has made it a wee bit easier for us all to soak in the goodness that is Bhutan with his post that i shared. There’s more of his awesome writing here: https://transitionofthoughts.com/author/aseemrastogi2/

      Cheers 🙂

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    1. yes, that’s a superb one by Aseem Rastogi. I have merely shared the brilliant work 🙂 You can find more of his stuff here: https://transitionofthoughts.com/author/aseemrastogi2/
      Cheers 🙂

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      1. Oh.. I thought the aseem rastogi and the angry saint are the same 🙂

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        1. No no. we’re very much different. His writing is at a level that’ll take me quite some time to reach 🙂

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          1. wishing you the very best 🙂

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