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here is an extract from a buddies recent interesting email. About
The Netherlands is a country renowned all over the world for the
scale of its ambition when it comes to moving itself into the
future, making its citizens safer or making its environment better.
In fact, there are many reasons why other countries should conduct
their affairs with respect to what the Dutch have achieved so far
in their history, not least the seven listed below:
1.There are no abandoned pets
The Netherlands strict laws against animal abuse have resulted in
a recent official confirmation that there are actually no abandoned
dogs or cats in the country. Its government also achieved this
without any harm being done.
2. It features the world’s first solar-powered bike lane
Marking a huge breakthrough in road construction for the future,
the very first solar pathway in the world was opened in 2015.
The short stretch uses solar power to light its streetlights and
to charge electric vehicles. It’s thought that the technology could
be incorporated into major roads pretty soon.
3. Charging points for electric cars are every 50 meters
As further proof of its efforts to make its transportation system
sustainable, there are charging points for electric vehicles every
50 meters along the Netherlands city streets.
4. There’s a town that’s completely car-less.
During the 1980s, the citizens of the Dutch town of Houten decided
to encourage everyone living in the town to take up their bikes
rather than constantly using cars to get around. Eventually, the
population of 4,000 got rid of their cars from the town altogether.
5. Diesel and petrol-powered cars are going to be outlawed.
The Dutch government has committed to banning the sale of petrol
and diesel-powered cars by 2025. In addition, alternative-fuel car
owners don’t have to pay a private motor vehicle tax. This led
to the prices of alternative-fuel cars being reduced by some 15,000
6. It keeps having to close prisons due to a lack of inmates.
In the past seven years, the Dutch government has closed no
less than 19 prisons, and this is because the country has an
incredibly low incarceration rate, which is a mere 163 people
per 100,000. The incarceration rate in the USA is more than
four times as high.
7. There are wildlife crossings for animals.
A wonderful innovation of the Dutch government is the addition
of “ecoducts” over its roads. These passageways allow wildlife
to cross over busy roads from one part of a forest to another
in complete safety.
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