With increasing need for urban and tech-savvy lifestyle, an ever increasing number of people are migrating to cities. By 2050 more than 70-percent of the global population is expected to live an urban life. So, a number of people will be contributing to increasing pollution levels and carbon dioxide emissions that are causing global warming.But with some correct green initiatives, people can improve their lives as well as their relationship with the planet. Here are some green ways to turn cities sustainable for better future.
Cities with parks
Beautiful parks not only look pleasing to the eyes but are also beneficial for improving air quality in the environment. A morning or evening walk in a green park is surely beneficial for health. So, adding parks to urban cities is a great initiative to make these places look aesthetic and sustainable at the same time.
Trees and plants in the parks also help in controlling climatic conditions to a great extent. This means we don’t have to suffer from extreme weather conditions if appropriate amount of natural plants are around us – as they can maintain the normal climatic cycle. Moreover, plants are the part of nature that helps people breathe fresh air, relax and also connect with nature.
A good urban city has a better, green way of transportation. Even today, there are various cities around the world that have opted for electric trains, e-bikes, and e-buses with zero carbon emission. These vehicles don’t have any negative impact on the environment, and don’t even contribute to increasing air pollution levels. Even proper bike lanes are the part of efficient and green transportation. These pathways for bikes help the bikers easily commute around the city and also encourages more people to embrace green two-wheeler for commuting.
Buildings in the cities can embrace green initiative by adding some part of nature to their concrete structure. For instance, adding a green terrace, or planters around the home or office walls as well as windows can help in creating eco-friendly living spaces. These green buildings are good for our environment, as these sturdy structures provide fresh air to the inhabitants and the surrounding atmosphere. Moreover, the green cred helps in grabbing the attention of the viewers due to its soothingly aesthetic quality.
Sharing spare capacity
City dwellers can help in reducing carbon footprint by forming a good sharing network. For instance, people can opt for carpooling, shared ownership, and lodging rentals. This allows them to share certain facilities like transportation, living spaces, gyms, etc. Such initiatives can reduce the need for more vehicles, building spaces and other commercial spaces to some extent. With less number of vehicles and building structures, there will decrease in unnecessary energy consumption. Hence, there will be a reduction in carbon footprint and negative impact on nature.
It’s no secret that recycling can reduce a great amount of carbon footprint. Therefore, people around the world are embracing recycling of products such as food materials, plastic, shipping containers and much more. Homes from recycled shipping containers, furniture from recycled tires or wooden pallets, and other accessories made out of upcycled objects are becoming quite popular among masses.
Smart energy consumption
The smart way for energy consumption is by installing solar panels on building structures. This helps in conserving sunlight energy and utilizing it in form of electricity whenever needed. Even rainwater harvesting systems and windmill energy conservation systems also help in harvesting energy for water and power consumption.
Sustainable cities offer a great way to help our planet breathe without suffering from carbon footprint and excessive energy consumption in cities.