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In Need Of a Green Recovery Plan

By Thilo Werner

In the last six month, mankind learned to live with a deadly virus spread all around the globe. In terms of the global economy being devastated by the consequences of the pandemic, the European Union reached an agreement on a billion dollar aid parcel. Countries all over the world had to invest trillions into the recovery effort.

Sustainable profit: Renewables rather than oil

By Thilo Werner

Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, plans to build one of the world’s largest oil refineries. With the aim of transforming Nigeria’s economy, he could create up to 70,000 jobs.

But not only are the corruption of Nigeria’s political and economic elite, the Covid-19-pandemic and the collapse of the oil price difficult challenges that need to be faced to reach the aim of an independent and sustainable Nigerian economy. Moreover, Dangote’s project, portrayed as an alleged symbol of hope and Nigerian progress, is not sustainable, yet modern, at all.

In case of emergency: Solar energy

On the Spanish website Energías renovables, Pep Puig, chairman auf the Catalan and Spanish section of EUROSOLAR, points out:

The health emergency of the coronavirus clearly shows us that the continuation of the path of the 20th century leads us into the abyss. At the same time, it offers us the opportunity to rethink our society and rebuild it on the basis of a new worldview that sees the Earth as a planet where life means respecting certain boundaries. And one of these is the solar constant, because although our planet is a closed system in terms of materials, it is an open system in terms of energy, where life is based on the use of solar energy.

 

 

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