If I were to create a city whose goal is to have low carbon transportation, things would be a lot different from where I live. Not having big diesel trucks and such would be the first thing to eliminate and then start to emphasis on walking or riding bikes to certain places. My city wouldn’t have as many roads but would instead have trails and bike lanes. Even though it would be better for the environment, to me personally I would not like to live there.
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Living in the United States, we tend to take advantage of the opportunities of transportation we have. In creating a modern, low carbon transportation city, it would be very different from today’s modern city. The city would be filled with sidewalks, bus stops, railways for a train going in and out of the city limits, and cars filled with people carpooling to get to a certain area. In having a city that uses less individual source of transportation, the streets will be filled with people walking and biking to and from their destination on the sidewalks, the streets will be less populated with cars and more busses and public transit will appear. In a modern, low carbon transportation city, the air will be much cleaner and people will be much healthier.
In my city, I see one of the biggest areas for improvement in public transportation. My city has really terrible options for public transportation, so people drive almost everywhere. Some people bike, but I think that more funding for local buses could be very helpful to reduce emissions.
Worth thinking about if you want to do something for the environment:
Plant trees, buy eco products, eat vegetarian food, local produce, recycling, sorting, second hand, better infrastructure, public transport/car-sharing, energy-smart, save electricity and energy. Think in long terms!
Everyone in my community drives to where they need to be. The problem is that we are only 25.64 sq km large. It takes approximately 20 minutes tops to walk through downtown, and about 5 minutes to get from the local market back to the suburban area of town. It would take even less time biking, which 90% of the community knows how to do. Which makes you wonder, why doesn’t everyone do this. I mean, yes it can get to about 40 degrees Celsius, but during the fall and spring the weather is very nice. We need to get out more, that would lower the town’s carbon footprint by about, oh, a lot to be frank.
If I were to live in a city that is ideal when it comes to carbon emissions, there would firstly be transportation with bio-fuel or electricity only. You don’t need to walk or ride your bike everywhere, as long as you keep CO2 emissions low by not using fossil fuel. Public buildings such as schools, hospitals, malls, grocery stores should be built with energy efficient solutions in mind. Windows as well as walls with a lot of isolation to keep the cold out in the winter, and the heat out during the summer. Not only would that keep down the emissions, but also the cost for all the households. The air and the environment in this city would be a lot cleaner, since there’s almost no exhaust from petrol cars, and the sound level of electrical cars is a lot lower. I would definitely prefer to live in a city like this. It would feel better knowing, that your house don’t have a negative impact on the climate change with you just being able to live there. Or that every time you take the bus to work, fossil oil is not wasted.
There are so many solutions out there, in progress and waiting to be discovered. The only problem is both research and restoration and renovation cost a fortune. To make an entire city eco friendly would be a huge project. But i think that’s what’s needed to be done in the future to keep the temperatures down. Give people no other better, cheaper option but to live as “eco friends”.
Hi, my name is Catherine and I’m from the United States. I agree with what you have said in your post. We have the alternatives for the harmful way that we live, its just making the switch. Cities are one of the most polluted areas in the world so we need to make the switch their first to healthier and earthfriendly methods. Its not hard to make this switch and I beleive does only take one person to make this change. It takes one person to start and than others will follow. I do believe that our time is rumming out and that creating sustainable cities in important before its too late.
Hi, my name is Elana. I currently go to high school in Oakland, California, but lived in Tempe, Arizona for 13 years before. One major logistical and cultural difference I have noticed between the two areas, is the amount of walking people do, and the amount of public transit they use. In Arizona, people almost never walk anywhere. I had friends who lived just 1 mile from our middle school, yet would have their parents drive them to and from school each day! Instead of walking to friends houses or to public transit, people would simply drive everywhere they needed to go. Although walking is not an option in the 115 degree summers, the mild winters, springs, and falls were perfectly fine conditions for walking. Another reason for the lack of walking could be the distance between housing and shopping, but this was not an issue for many. In addition, use of public transit was almost unheard of, especially with teenagers. On the other hand, people walk and use public transit as much as they can in the Bay Area. Whether spending time with friends, running errands, or getting to and from work or school, much more people walk or take public transit. Oakland and the entire Bay Area has clearly made an effort to make cities walker friendly, and make public transit an affordable and convenient option. Unlike Arizona, it is the cultural norm to walk places and use BART and buses. In conclusion, I think key components to a sustainable city are convenience and availability of public transit, as well as developments for a walker friendly layout. This could include more sidewalks, safe crosswalks, and close proximity of houses to shopping areas. Lastly, a cultural and social acceptance and encouragement of walking and public transit needs to be present for a sustainable city to succeed.
While researching on how to reduce my carbon footprint, I found out something that I had never thought about before. Groceries have a large impact on your carbon footprint. You should look for products from local manufacturers, farmers, and producers because this means that it traveled less time. The transporting of these products releasing a lot of carbon. You can help increase this cities carbon footprint by promoting local grocery products. My family goes to the grocery store to buy groceries several times a week, and buying local foods can help promote these products! Next time you go to the grocery store, check the labels to see where the products you are buying come from.