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The Top Five Eco-cities of the World

Vancouver, Canada:

The city is regarding as a star when it came to C02 emissions and air quality and scored in the top 10 of each classification. With an extensive network of bike routes, pedestrian-friendly public spaces, and community gardens, Vancouver is an eco-tourist’ paradise. Vancouver plans to diminish emissions by 33 percent by 2020, upholding its commitment to hydropower and promoting green energy alternatives.

Curitiba, Brazil:

The only South American city took place in the list; Curitiba has consistently been ahead of the game when it comes to being green. Since developing the world’s first rapid-transit bus systems in the ’60s, the city’s eco-friendly advances have continued to grow. Now they are up to an eco-friendly metro system

Copenhagen, Denmark:

Always found in the top eco-friendly cities, in 2014 Global Green Economy Index also gives the city top place regarding eco-friendly. The entire city is accessible to cyclists, almost every resident lives within walking distance of public transport of some kind, and energy-generating windmills dot the sea off the city

Cape Town, South Africa:

The African City is at the forefront of the continent’s green living movement. The first to use the country’s commercial wind farm, the city is additionally encompassed by natural landmarks, like Table Mountain and Lion’s Head, promoting a healthy, outdoor mentality for those living in Cape Town.

San Francisco, California:

North America’s greenest city, San Francisco is off the charts for green living with one of the highest recycling rates in the world. The city government has committed to promoting eco-friendly programs, projects that support sustainable economy considering the environment. And many neighborhoods today host their own farmers’ markets to capitalize on San Fran’s proximity to California’s finest farms.

In the context of Eco-city or sustainable city we can find the first world is in the first places as economic sustainability is also another fact to preserve environmental sustainability. And with this concept, the North-South Debate comes, but we have to consider the environment first then the debate. We hardly find any developing or underdeveloped country having eco-city, but they are trying their best with the existing capabilities to have a self-sufficient environment-friendly sustainable city. The developed world’s support is also needed, but the environmental summits are not able to fulfil their aims. Recently President Trumps (USA) decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement is another failure of environmental summits bondage and commitments.

>Alma Siddiqua



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