While I was there Costa Rica won a 2019 Champions of the Earth award by the United Nations, given by the UN Environment Programme in recognition of their policy leadership. They specifically mentioned Costa Rica’s recently developed decarbonization plan as the basis for the award, with a goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 to combat climate change. Among many accomplishments they noted that currently more than 98% of the country’s energy is renewable, a quarter of the country’s land is protected, and more than half of the country has forest cover.
There are signs everywhere of environmental commitment, and an enthusiastic embrace of ecotourism. Costa Rica is tiny but tough, fearlessly leading the way on protecting the earth, in a corner of the world bursting with amazing beauty. I am proud of this country I consider a friend.