BY PASCAL MITTERMAIER: What should a “green” city look like? Should it resemble Copenhagen, with its high rates of bicycle commuting and recycling? What about Curitiba, the capital of Brazil’s Paraná state, with its pedestrian-centered planning? Or perhaps Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, which is powered entirely by renewable energy?
With more than 50% of the world’s population now living in urban areas – a share that is rising fast – the answer to this question will shape our collective future. But it may be more straightforward than we realize: to make cities “greener” – that is, less polluted, more resource-efficient, and more environmentally resilient – we should make them literally greener.
This opinion piece appeared on Project Syndicate June 15, 2018, can can be read in full at: https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/urban-planning-sustainable-green-cities-by-pascal-mittermaier-2018-06