Could we consider cities, the future of the world or the end of it?
I hardly believe that governments should reinforce the policies of green cities. It is estimated that in 2030 more than the half of the world population will live in a city. Leaving the life in the countryside will unbalanced the ecosystem, creating more support for activities that are not friendly with the environment, like the construction of buildings or highways that deter the filtration of water to the underground producing scarcity of resources. Although, modernity is usually visualized with the image of a city with skyscrapers, the future could be doubtful if we encourage this model of
City dwellers use less energy, water and other resources than rural dwellers. Resources are more efficiently allocated with fewer stores, schools, hospitals. According to a TED talk I saw, if you double the size of a city, its amenities and facilities only increase by 1.4 because of efficiency. Productivity by the creative class and economy is greater, increasing standards of living.
Their birth rate drops to replacement rate almost immediately after moving in because of the crowding.
In short, urbanization is GOOD for the environment. A stable population using fewer overall resources.
by thirdmillenium 2 years ago
And, will it be the US at the helm?
by ga anderson 3 weeks ago
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by aka-dj 9 years ago
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by Dishant Varshney 11 months ago
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by Ralph Deeds 8 years ago
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by Sterling Sage 5 years ago
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