Post by: Spencer Gray
4th year student at College of the Atlantic
When you love a place, you tend to not stray far from it. Maine is that place for me. Apart from leaving Maine during high school, my entire life has been spent living here on the coast. In fact, apart from one trip to California (when I was 9 months old!) I have spent my entire life on the East coast of the United States. Consequently, Denmark was a huge step off of my normal path. A three hour drive, a four hour bus ride, a nine hour overnight flight, a connection, two train rides, a ferry, and finally a bike ride just to get to the campground! Who would go through twenty six hours of traveling to go visit a place! When I first arrived at Samsø I was struck by two things, how familiar the place felt and how subtly different it was. In reality this place isn't really that physically different than Mount Desert Island. Yes it is flat, very flat, and instead of park there are farmlands, but the variation between the two is not geography.
“I want the community to be able to purchase shares or invest in the new biogas plant, so its not theirs, or my, but our biogas plant.”
Perhaps the variation between our island and theirs is a fundamentally different perspective. There is no technological magic bullet that allowed them to reach their goal. The project specifically used proven current technology, no futuristic miracle machines. Why can’t we do the same.