Eco-friendly cities around the globe and their benefits

Allison Atherton, Staff Writer

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The curiosity of how to restore our planet is a puzzling topic faced throughout the world. Researchers are concluding that the current lazy routines and cheap habits of humans have led Earth to near depletion. Luckily, few countries around the world are working hard to make Eco-friendly adjustments more ethical, frequent, and productive for the public.

Cities utilizing Eco-friendly customs such as reliable public transportation, renewable energy usage and recurrent recycled products are not only thriving economically, but they prove that environmental adjustments are possible and sufficient. Copenhagen, Denmark; Amsterdam, Netherlands; and Stockholm, Sweden are the leading locations in Europe making an effort towards sustainability. These cities make it a commitment to aim for green ways of living. With 41 percent of these cities’ inhabitants commuting by bicycle, (whereas Atlanta’s population utilizes less than 1 percent) this demonstrates the achievement of environmental alteration with astonishing numbers.

Aside from Europe, Helsinki, Reykjavik and Vancouver all share a common goal. These cities proudly lack heavy pollution from factory industries which tremendously impacts the Earth’s weather and climate. Impressive renewable energy flourishes throughout these locations. With hydrogen buses and geothermal hydro power sources, Iceland is the only country in the world that obtains 100 percent electricity and heat from renewable sources. It is a brilliant idea that these cities rely on intelligent alternatives and detain fossil fuel oils as their backups for energy.

As for green space and clean urban landscape, Berlin and Cape Town, are known to participate in the upkeep of thousands of parks and gardens between city boundaries. With Berlin’s (area: 344.3 square miles) population at almost four million, 46 percent of its area area is filled with green space. Cape Town offers 24 percent green space with a population of roughly half a million people and an area of 154.5 square miles. Making environmental awareness a priority, these lively urban centers are even more of an attraction to tourists.

Interestingly, two of the cleanest cities worldwide preside in the United States. Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, California have been voted by Tentree as the most Eco-friendly places in the United States. Both tend thousands of miles of green space, clean natural parks, and bright blue skies from low carbon footprint. Reliable public transportation is very important for both cities as 31 percent of San Francisco’s daily commuters  transport by public systems (rail, light rail, buses and streetcar lines and pedestrian or bike paths). Junior Ryleigh Kohm states, “I see myself prospering in San Francisco due to the abundance of environmental awareness.”

These sites hold the key to environmental sustainability by balancing the social, economic, and environmental pillars. Those wishing to contribute action towards environmental restoration and admire clean, ecological green space, serve as great inhabitants. It is always best to be encompassed by like minded people, and these cities are the destination.