MOST SUSTAINABLE CITIES IN THE WORLD
Climate change and global warming are current worrying phenomena in our lives. This not only affects the environment but also affects us and animals. From Roll and Fell, we care about the environment and as we said numerous times, it’s important to take that in mind to improve the situation.
In one article we talked about sustainable living, something all people should try. Today we want to talk about the most sustainable cities in the world, do not miss it because you are going to love it!
How to achieve sustainable cities and communities
Cities play a fundamental role in the fight against climate change because they can change the way people live to improve the environment.
A sustainable city has been able to:
- Reduce CO2 and improve the quality of the air by introducing greenery into the urban environment.
- Has promoted renewable energies to conserve and protect natural resources.
- Has successfully implemented sustainable mobility and the use of public transport.
- Is committed to a circular economy.
Five ways to make cities more sustainable
Promoting urban agriculture
Do you know that by preserving agricultural land in urban areas, we can shorten supply chains and the amount of CO2 emitted when transporting food from rural to urban areas?
In addition, the production and the sale of fresh food can reduce the environmental impact of food distribution and improve the access to nutritious foods.
Encouraging healthy diets
Another important factor is a lifestyle. In cities that have a lot of fast food services, available food is often highly processed. This is a problem that governments have to face because undernutrition is also a characteristic of non-sustainable places.
Reducing and managing food waste
A lot of food is thrown away and it’s something that can’t happen with the current situation of our planet. The majority of the causes are poor food planning, bad packaging, and cultural practices.
In addition, food waste that is not recycled is filling landfills and as a consequence, it decomposes and generates methane, which is very harmful to the planet, more than CO2!
More green spaces!
With the expansion of urban areas, a lot of green spaces are disappearing. We have to take into account that these areas are very helpful and essential for improving the climate change situation. For example, green areas improve air quality and overall health.
Cities with surrounding rural areas
Cities depend on rural areas for food and water supply and that’s why it’s important to reconnect the city with these areas. This helps cities to have nutritious food, rural farmers’ markets and to create jobs that would help to improve the planet issue.
Most sustainable cities
This city has a strong commitment to urban ecology, one of its main objectives is to become a 2,000-watt society per capita by 2050. To achieve it, they will focus on energy efficiency issues, bioclimatic architecture, electric mobility, and the awareness of its inhabitants.
What characterizes Zurich as one of the most sustainable cities in the world, is their financial prowess, their efficient public transport, and their outdoorsy lifestyle. As a result of their focus on education and public awareness, citizens and visitors are encouraged to reduce their energy footprints by using more public transport and with public buildings with sustainable principles.
In 2019, Bristol was dubbed the vegan capital of the world. This city has a large environmental activity, from the growth of city farms to become the motivation that all citizens have with recycling.
Thanks to the implementation of numerous initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions, they obtained a high score in environment and quality of life. Stockholm is one of the only cities in the world that recycles all of its household waste. In addition, their main objective is eco-living, and there are even a lot of shops selling sustainable fashion.
San Francisco, USA
In this city, plastic bags were banned in 2007, and recycling is required by law. In addition, they commit solar energy and there are more farm-to-table restaurants than anywhere in the country.
Since 2008, Singapore has had an ambitious eco-building program, which asserts that any greenery loss on the ground has to be replaced with greenery in the sky.
The most important area is Marina Bay, a green area created with reclaimed land. This area has gardens, pools, and waterscapes and is the “green lung” that protects the city.
The main objective of Copenhagen is to become the first carbon-neutral capital city in the world by 2025. As a consequence, this city tries to have sustainable services around the city such as natural swimming baths or hydrogen-powered taxis.
In Vienna there is a large green space, we can find parks, city farms, gardens and allotments. What makes this city sustainable is its reduction in energy consumption, Vienna uses less energy than others in Austria.