Here are 5 cities that have made steps to increase environmental sustainability.
What do you think we should be doing in the UK to be greener? Or maybe we’re already doing it?
After large floods, the Valencian government diverted the Turin river that runs through the city. They turned the river bed into a file mile garden - Jardín del Turia.
With bike paths, walking paths, event spaces, sports fields, fountains and play areas, they’ve transformed it into a network for healthy and green living.
Bristol was voted Europe’s greenest city in 2015. Bristol has 3 and a half times more cyclists than the average UK city. They’ve increased their recycling rates to 50%. And they have a ‘green economy’; over 1000 businesses in Bristol provide environmental services. Great work Bristol.
Los Angeles: US
Los Angeles has some of the most congested roads in the world. Scientists are testing ways to harness this and generate electricity.
Piezoelectric crystals will be put under tarmac of major highways. When a vehicle drives over them it will generate an electrical charge. It’s estimated that just a 10 mile stretch of road could create enough power for 100,000 homes.
The local government planted a whopping one and a half million trees as part of their sustainable urban planning. They offered property owners reduced taxes if they plant native trees that grow much taller and live much longer than exotic ones.
Over 50% of Copenhageners use a bicycle to get to work or school. There are so many cyclists, communters find themselves sitting in bike traffic.