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Sustainable city

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This is a discussion forum associated with the International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge (ISCFC).

Here's your chance not just to be the mayor, but the original city planner as well! Imagine a medium sized city that would be developed with modern, low carbon transportation in mind. What would that city look like? Would that make you more likely to want to live there?
 
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Jonathan Chen, Nov. 7, 2012

Hi everyone, my name is Jonathan Chen. I am now studying in Dominican International School. I am living in Taiwan, Taipei. In taiwan their is a public thing called U-BIKE. It is rented cheaply. You pay 10 NT per 30 minutes using a card called Easy Card. I have used it for 2 times! it is a great bike having a brand called GIANTS! This new thing in our city is a good public transportation, it helps you exercise and makes you healthy! it may help people know that how life can be easy by not using other polluting automobiles to go from places to places. But the negative parts of the U-BIKE is that the size is not really good for all the people. one time i saw an american riding on it, he kept falling down because he is too tall so he cant balance the bike. I think the government did a great job of making this for our public transportation. This makes me proud for taiwan

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jasper tsai, Nov. 7, 2012

Hi, my name is Jasper, I live in Taiwan. In Taipei there is a program called U-Bike, which prevent us polluting the Earth from driving cars. The program let us borrow bikes for free in half an hour, it is located almost everywhere in the city, and it also helps us to be healthier. It is a great program but it still needs an improvement, such as the height of the bike.
The bike’s height is a-bit tall for some kids which make them not useable when a mother tries to ride one, because they don’t have the right height for children or a child seat at the back.
The system works very well and it is very easy to borrow and return one it helps us save money and be healthy.
Now, people start to use these resources and put it in good use and mainly to stop polluting the air.

jasper tsai
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  • Sasha Dame Sasha Dame Nov. 9, 2012
    I really like the idea of U-Bike, even if it does have a few kinks to work out. I think that every city should have a plan like that, we're far too dependant on public transportation like buses and the metro. If people could learn to burn off a few calories (I'm American, so this might be an issue. Heh) and help reduce their footprint, then it would be like hitting two birds with one stone.

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Antony Su, Nov. 6, 2012

Hi I’m a 13 year old, also from Taiwan. I have a different point of view on the role of government in protecting the environment. The government does havesome steps to reduce carbon emissions, such as running public transportation. However, it is also very inefficient in doing so. The government spends a lot of money trying to reduce carbon emissions, but corruption and bureaucratic inefficiency result in the government not being able to do as much for the money, as compared to private corporations. Our government is not doing a good job of running the electric and oil companies, which are government-run, and the construction of the subway is also incredibly slow, compared to other countries. A private company, if competing with them, will definitely win. I also think with the increased scarcity of oil and gas, the use of fossil fuels and many carbon-producing resources will decrease with time. The role of the government in this is to tax externalities, for example charging money for polluting, perhaps per kilograms of carbon released, and subsidize potentially beneficial industries, that provide a social benefit, such as solar and wind power. However, they should not run these companies as they do now, with the electric and oil companies, but instead allow competition and privatization of these companies to provide a fair price and be environmentally sustainable.

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Chloe Shu, Nov. 6, 2012

Hi everyone! I’m a seventh grader from Taiwan and my name is Chloe. I’m glad that my country is having “You Bikes” now, they are computer controlled renting bikes around Taipei City, how it works is, people can rent them at a station, ride them to any destination and return them at the nearest convenient station, and credit cards are accepted. This has made lots of people ride bicycles more and it is a lot cheaper and more convenient than MRT or buses. This also makes people enjoy outdoor life more, exercise more and become healthier. “You Bikes” are fantastic! But for some people like some of my classmates, they have complained about the height of the bicycles which are too high for them. They should design them to be suitable for everyone with different heights. I wish that “You Bikes” can be continued for the years to come.

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eric shong, Nov. 6, 2012

Greetings, everyone. I am Eric Shong, a 14-year old student from Dominican International School of Taiwan. I have noticed the sudden and huge rise of carbon emissions in the past 60 years, form 1950 to 2012. The global emission percentage has rises from 1400 million tons to a amazing 6500 million tons. Mainly because the increasing level of technology, such as the greatest contributor to carbon emissions - cars. The problem is, we simply can’t do anything about that. People travel, and for this reason they need cars. You could say that they could use public transportation, but public transportation may not always go to specific locations, and it will be tougher to travel around with a bus with luggages. Even though, we are left with another opportunity, reduce electric use. In most countries, electricity is produced by thermal power stations, which produce a significant amount of carbon dioxide. By reducing use of electricity, the power stations will need to produce less and therefore also produce less carbon dioxide.

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Matthew Wang, Nov. 6, 2012

Hi,i’m Matthew 14 years old from Taiwan. I recommend people to use solar panels. In my opinion it is the easiest way to make electricity sustainable. You can add one to your house easily. Wind turbines are too big for your house. Solar panels are small and flat, can easily put it on your house with no effort. Nuclear energy is polluting the earth and is very expensive. The waste of nuclear energy such as radioactive waste, radiation leaks, and heat emissions is polluting the Earth. Coal and oil power plants create carbon dioxide, which causes smog that creates global warming; the dust from it causes lung cancer. The solar panels are very expensive but the more you use it the less fees you have to pay for your energy.

Matthew Wang
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  • Ian Lee Ian Lee Nov. 6, 2012
    Are you sure you're 14 matthew?

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Stephanie A-USA, Oct. 8, 2012

If I was to design a medium sized city, I would HIGHLY recommend people to switch their regular cars to the new cars that have zero emissions. I would form some kind of business deal, so trading in their car would not be a hassle. Also, if people relied on cars that didn’t run on gas, they wouldn’t have to pay so much. So I would also join a group of engineers and scientists to come up with a more efficient car for those who like to drive. I would also construct better streets so that bikers have enough room so that they won’t get hit by people driving and won’t be in the way of those pedestrians walking. If people don’t want to buy a new car, they would probably prefer to bike or walk and that makes a healthier community, too!

Stephanie A-USA
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  • Björn Elfvelin Björn Elfvelin Oct. 9, 2012
    I have also realised that it's time for a change, and we all need to change, but I don't think that taxing every one so that you can give out electric cars is the answer. because you would have to raise the taxes to be able to give out cars with zero emissons, it would be better if you did it the other way around, and by that i mean that you lower taxes for those who buy electric cars, and I also beleive in that the government should explore ways to give the private sector ways of building environmentally friendly public transport this would motivate companies to be more environmentally friendly…

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Kinsa D-USA, Oct. 7, 2012

If I had to put in a transportation in the city, I would put in a tightly scheduled electric buses going around the city. However, my main focus would be having stores and other necessary buildings at a walk able distance from residential areas. This would allow people to get to places they need to be without using cars. More people would bike or walk, keeping them healthy, and it would keep the environment clean.

Kinsa D-USA
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  • Marion S-France Marion S-France Oct. 7, 2012
    Hi my name is Marion and I like the way you think, I quite agree with you and I tkink your idea is ingenious. But I tkink you can't do all the people living in a residential neighborhood so that they are near shops and others. People always take their car unfortunately..

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Caroline D-United States, Oct. 5, 2012

If I had the awesome opportunity to be the mayor and developer of my own city, I would make a variety of changes to our transportation system, making it a priority to offer alternative sources that are better for the environment, like bike paths, an extensive subway system for all townspeople, and a taxi business that only uses electric and biodiesel cars. My inspiration for my town is Davis, CA—home to UC Davis, tons of college students, agricultural development, and plenty of bikes. Of all the cities in the world, Davis has the 2nd greatest proportion of bikes for their size. People don’t depend on cars to get from place to place and see it as an environmental obligation to make smart decisions with how they treat nature. Overall, imagine a town with clean air, beautiful nature, bike paths left and right. More people will be happy because they won’t be worrying about the stresses of hectic traffic and everyday busy-ness. Although people may miss the convenience of having a car right outside their front door, they’ll see the undeniable payoff in the beauty of the nature around them.

Caroline D-United States
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  • bastien BG-FRANCE bastien BG-FRANCE Oct. 6, 2012
    Indeed, you have the chances to can developed the environmental policy in your city. It's true, ride a bike for the locals displacements of the citizens can change enormously the Co2 carbon footprint of a city.But if you search a ecological and economic conveyance, I think to the Tramway is a good compromise, as in my city of Bordeaux.

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Ry W- USA, Oct. 5, 2012

Hey guys !!

If I were the mayor and the original city planner of my city, my first set of business would be to get as many automobiles off the road as possible. This could be accomplished in various ways. One, encourage the already functional AC Transit public transportation system. Two, make bikes more economically available as well as putting city funding into the pavement of better and safer bike paths. Three, increase public parking and bridge toll fare. This plan not only discourages transportation by automobile, but also would use the money collected to continue paving paths for walking, biking, skateboarding, long-boarding etc.

I would also make sure every house and building would have solar panels. Although this plan would be awfully pricey, it is what’s needed for our environment today.

The last plan that I would have at the top of my list would be to spend money on hiring littering and recycling police to enforce my new laws and regulations. It is important that we take care of our earth and I feel too many people litter or feel too lazy to walk two steps to the recycling bin. with high fines that would actually be enforced this would become less and less of a problem.

Ry  W- USA
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  • Klara Westby Klara Westby Oct. 5, 2012
    Hi! I like the way you think though I find it hard to see recycling police running around and force everybody to recycle. Wouldn't it be easier to have a system that made it easy for everyone to recycle? Nowadays it is very complicated to recycle and it often takes a lot of time, which many people don't have.

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