Have holiday travel in your mind? Then this one is for you. Going by the 2010 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) report, there are few nations you need to visit. If you love being eco-friendly, that is! The countries occupying the topmost positions in the report are the ones which can offer eco-conscious travellers with places which have the most pristine environments, cleanest waters, most startling biodiversity and even some of the best public transportation or health care systems available in the world. Let’s take a look at what the topmost eco-friendly nations have in store for the green traveler in you.
The European island nation has abundant geothermal resources and roaring rivers for hydroelectric power. Iceland gets close to 100% of its power from renewable energy. The country picked up the most points for reducing carbon emissions and the planting of new forests.
The country is one among the several European nations on this list well known for their eco-friendly efforts. The alpine country’s strict legislation and the “green” mentality have helped it to become one among the topmost nature-friendly nations. The pristine waters arising from the alpine glaciers definitely add to the attractions.
3. Costa Rica
The Latin American nation is blessed with large natural reserves that are taken care of by a quarter of the country’s population. The country knows that its resources are precious and its conservation programs are well known. Around 25% of the country’s land area is in protected national parks and protected areas. Costa Rica is also home to a rich variety of plants and animals. It contains 5% of the world’s biodiversity.
Sweden is one among the Scandinavian nations which are renowned for investing heavily for keeping their environments clean. The Nordic country also boasts clean energy sources, efficient and eco-friendly public transportation, and excellent health care programs. The country expects to eliminate fossil fuels by 2020.
The Nordic country, which has aimed for carbon free power production by 2030, is famous for its natural beauty and glorious fjords. The country’s public policies make sure that its natural attractions stay intact. The country boasts some of the most visually impressive coastal sceneries in the world.
The island nation, which is situated in the southwest Indian Ocean, is a spectacular country well known for its anti-litter campaigns. The country also has good natural preservation legislation. It has a “Ministry of Environment” that is responsible for the cleanliness of the island, and has done an admirable job in the areas that it provides service.
Increasing of use of eco fuels, conserving energy, increasing renewable energy rate, and increasing of organic farming are some of the policies that helped France to launch itself so high on the EPI list. The country’s main source of power is nuclear energy. Although this produces nuclear waste, there are no carbon emissions. And the French countryside is not something that should be missed by anyone.
This alps-bordering nation boasts one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in the world. The main priorities for this country include preservation of forests and water quality. And cleanliness is an ingrained aspect of the Austrian culture. And just to let you know, the country made a deal with the Czech Republican government for building an eco-friendly garden across the border between the two countries. The gardens contain herbs, fruit trees and flowers.
This is a giant leap for the country which was in the 41st position in 2008. This island paradise boasts clean and clear waters. Mostly thanks to its policy of decreasing of the use of harmful and illegal pesticides on its farms, the country has earned the same index as Austria. Cuba also received top marks for its forestry management. One of the country’s most ambitious projects is the use of clear hydroelectricity.
Although earlier we have heard a lot of disturbing news from Colombia, it is now among the topmost eco-friendly nations in the world. The country has stimulated a lot of environment-friendly projects including the end to deforestation. The country has taken steps for going green by constructing several national parks with plants having medicinal values. And in the majority of the places, constructors have begun using bamboo instead of steel. And the country is beautiful too.
Just in case you are wondering, the bottom five countries in the list were Togo, Angola, Mauritania, the Central African Republic, and Sierra Leone.