Climate – Smart Cities, Our Only Way to A Buoyant Future
The days for smart phones and smart TVs are gone and now its time to work for climate – smart cities. According to leading economists, climate – smart cities could save as much as $22tn. Putting cities on a course of smart growth – with expanded public transit, energy-saving buildings, and better waste management, the cities can avoid the equivalent in carbon pollution of India’s entire annual output of greenhouse gasses.
To become more climate resilient, cities must restore natural functions of the land by weaving green elements into the built environment. The Trust for Public Land’s Climate-Smart Cities effort helps cities meet the climate challenge through conservation and design.
The Global Commission on Climate and Economy, an independent initiative by former finance ministers and leading research institutions from Britain and six other countries, found climate-smart cities would spur economic growth and a better quality of life – at the same time as cutting carbon pollution.
The researchers found that, if national governments back those efforts, the savings on transport, buildings, and waste disposal could reach up to $22tn ($14tn) by 2050 and by 2030, those efforts would avoid the equivalent of 3.7 gigatonnes a year – more than India’s current greenhouse gas emissions.
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