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Sustainability In The City: Greener And Safer

by: Sharai Hoekema
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It is not as sexy as Sex And The City, but I really think it has a similar ring. Get ready for the next blockbuster movie hitting theatres this spring: Sustainability In The City. Chock-full with fun, daring initiatives meant to make city-life just that tiny bit more sustainable. 

Sustainability In The City

All too often, those living in cities are ignoring the whole sustainability debate. After all, or so they reason, this is more meant for those living in rural areas with plenty of green initiatives space. Farmers are major polluters; let them take care of it. And what about that massive solar panel farm, just an hour away? Doesn’t that cover the share of city dwellers?

Well, short answer - no. First, there are far too many of us living in cities to ‘sit back’ and leave the hard work to those who don’t. In just a few short decades, by 2050, estimates put at least 70% of the world population living in cities. This means that sustainability in the city is about to get real, as highlighted by the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations. Making our cities safe and sustainable is right at the top of many a governmental agenda.

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Photo by Cem Ersozlu, Unsplash. Times Square, New York, NY, USA

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Making Cities Greener And Safer

While getting this done is not quite as hard as some may think, there will definitely be an uphill battle for changing the mindsets of those living in a city. Moving from ‘I live in an apartment, so I simply do not care about greenery for a garden that I do not have anyway’ to ‘let’s look at options of creating a communal rooftop garden and adopt trees in our local park’ does, after all, require quite some involvement and personal action.

Those who do make an effort will definitely be seeing some great rewards - not just as they watch their area get greener but also health-wise. Rooftop gardens are not just proven global warming remedies; by restoring some natural ecosystem and naturally isolating buildings, they are also great for your state of mind. An hour of mindless gardening, feeling the sun on your back as you sit with your hands in the dirt, can be as effective as anything else when it comes to improving your mental state.

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Photo by CHUTTERSNAP, Unsplash

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Rooftop Gardens And Urban Forests

It is not just adding greenery to rooftops that will make cities more liveable. As neighbors will copy the initiative and more and more roofs turn green, city planners will have no choice but to allow for proper green zoning and planning. Think sprawling urban parks, not just idle patches of green here and there. Parks are places for people to relax. Parks that serve as the ‘lungs’ of the city, pulling pollution from the air and providing much-needed shade and cooling in the summertime.

In this, the concept of urban forests is a new and fascinating one. A collection of trees, densely planted together, creates a real piece of urban wilderness. Contrary to urban parks, these areas are truly ‘wild,’ lacking basic amenities such as bathrooms, paved paths or hiking routes, and even borders or fences separating them from the buildings. 

This uncultivated, rough exterior makes it a perfect candidate for improving sustainability in the city. Popular for recreation and beautification purposes, it also positively impacts the climate and provides a great habitat for wildlife. Additionally, it has stormwater retention capabilities, filtering water naturally. 

Vertical Forests And Gardens

One thing that cities are often struggling with is space. Space is limited and comes at a price. In those instances, vertical solutions are sprouting up left, right, and center. Think vertical gardens or vertical forests, where walls of buildings or balconies on the outside of buildings are covered with - you got it - forests and gardens. One great example of such a vertical forest is in Milan, Italy, a vision that certainly warrants your Google search for it. China is also creating entire neighborhoods in green, where buildings are covered with gardens. 

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Photo by Mick De Paola, Unsplash. Milano, Italy

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These ways of creating more sustainability in the city are easy yet instantly gratifying. Green does not just look good; it also helps us in combatting global warming. And even in the most crowded cities, one will surely have a rooftop of building ledge capable of hosting a tree or tiny garden. Bring it on.

Cover photo by Hans van der Broek, Gent Belgium

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