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Poll: 𝐖𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐛𝐨𝐧 𝐍𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞?

With 55 votes cast, our LinkedIn community delved into the green depths of a crucially relevant question. The spotlight? Carbon negativity—a goal as elusive as it is essential. Suriname, alongside Cuba, Vietnam, and the Maldives, was put under the environmental microscope.

Poll results

Suriname 27%
Maldives 36%

Suriname, tying with Cuba and just shy of the Maldives, raised some eyebrows and curiosity.

So, let’s dig a bit deeper, shall we?

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The right answer is Suriname.

But how did Suriname become carbon-negative?

Suriname’s secret sauce to carbon negativity lies in its lush, expansive rainforests, which cover a staggering 93% of the country. These green giants are not just trees; they’re natural carbon sinks, absorbing more CO2 than the country emits. Add to this a relatively small population and low industrial activity, and you’ve got a recipe for a carbon-negative haven.

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Is it possible for other countries, especially larger ones, to emulate Suriname?

Now, here’s the million-dollar question. Larger countries can certainly take a leaf out of Suriname’s book, but it’s a challenging recipe to replicate. The key ingredients—vast forests, low population density, and minimal industrialization—are a rare combo. For big nations, the journey to carbon negativity would involve a seismic shift in energy policies, urban planning, and lifestyle changes. It’s not impossible, but it’s a tall order.

Lessons from Suriname

Suriname teaches us a valuable lesson: preserving natural ecosystems is a cornerstone in the fight against climate change. It’s not just about planting new trees; it’s about safeguarding existing ones. Also, embracing a low-impact lifestyle and sustainable development can significantly contribute to a country’s carbon footprint—or lack thereof.

Other Carbon-negative Countries

Joining Suriname in this exclusive club are a few other nations like Bhutan, a beacon of sustainability with its commitment to carbon neutrality and environmental conservation. These countries, though small, punch above their weight in the global fight against climate change.

Wrapping it up with a green bow

This poll is more than a trivia quiz; it’s a window into the diverse strategies countries employ to tackle carbon emissions. Suriname’s example, while unique, is a reminder that every nation, big or small, has a role to play in this global endeavor. It’s about balancing development with preservation, modernity with nature. In the grand scheme of things, every effort counts, every tree matters, and every country has the potential to tip the scales towards a greener, cleaner planet. Let’s keep this conversation growing, one tree, one policy, and one vote at a time.

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About Narasimhan Santhanam (Narsi)

Narsi, a Director at EAI, Co-founded one of India's first climate tech consulting firm in 2008.

Since then, he has assisted over 250 Indian and International firms, across many climate tech domain Solar, Bio-energy, Green hydrogen, E-Mobility, Green Chemicals.

Narsi works closely with senior and top management corporates and helps then devise strategy and go-to-market plans to benefit from the fast growing Indian Climate tech market.


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