Can cities leave behind a net-zero carbon footprint? A new movement known as sustainable cities is betting that they can.
Rather than the smog-filled urban centers many of us are familiar with today, these cities invest in clean public transit, green infrastructure, and eco-friendly energy management and waste removal practices.
Sustainable cities emit less waste by tackling urban challenges such as pollution and traffic. Forward-thinking urban planners use eco-minded solutions and future technology to reinvent the idea of a city.
Solar power, edible landscaping, and cycling superhighways are just a few of the ways cities can transition to sustainable centers. In addition, sustainable cities aim to create a sense of place and purpose for residents.
Here are some of the ways sustainable cities hope to achieve bold climate action:
- Affordable public transportation so people can alternative transportation for their daily commute
- Walkable and bikeable neighbourhoods so residents can ditch vehicles altogether when travelling
- Accessible vehicle charging stations that allow residents to power up their electric cars throughout the city
- Solar farms to power municipal buildings and share with residents
- Public green spaces for all to enjoy, with parks, urban farms, and edible landscaping throughout
Sustainable cities are the best way to save the world and tackle some of the crucial issues like pollution
To learn more about sustainable cities and the features they offer, check out The Zebra’s animation below.
Author: Allan Bangirana
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