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Human beings have lived on planet earth for thousands of years now, surrounded by abundant resources for all of us to co-exist. Nature has always provided all the necessities you need to sustain a healthy lifestyle with predictable consistency. As we continue to grow, the strain of supporting billions of lives on earth has taken a toll on the environment. Now is the time we as a society should safeguard future generations.
Sustainable Urban Planning
State and municipal leaders need to creatively control the population while enforcing sustainable measures to cater to the entire community. Technology is also quite vital towards planning for sustainable urban communities. Modern societies are primarily populated in large cities and towns worldwide; the higher amount of job opportunities is a crucial motivator for this situation. Studies show that large numbers in rural to urban migration generally contribute to the growth of major cities and towns. Experts in technology and climate are advising urban leaders about the best combinations to create green communities. For example, parks and ponds incorporated into modern construction can help clean the air quality, which can also be monitored using IoT devices to measure progress levels is such one example.
Another example is the Green City Times magazine that monitors and reports how various cities worldwide are working towards becoming green and internationally accepted sustainable practices encompassing diverse factors of everyday life. These include best-farming methods all the way to green building materials.
Sustainable Resource Management
Satisfying the energy needs of a bustling city is usually a tall order considering that the combined living and working conditions of urban areas facilitate 24-hour economies. The amount of fossil fuel necessary to keep a big town alive also produces large amounts of greenhouse gases in return that damages other essential resources. To reverse the degrading impact of fossil fuels, urban communities are transitioning into clean energy sources. Electric trains and buses providing cheap public transport are a typical example in many cities around the world. Most of these electric projects are powered by solar farms or wind farm projects as a practical application of renewable energy sources. Another example is hydrogen power being the primary source of technologies that fossil fuels have traditionally powered.
Biodiesel and other forms of biofuel have been making headway in several cities; such measures help facilitate public transport for the local occupants while reducing carbon emissions from vehicles on the road. Technology is critical in ensuring that smart cities monitor how much resources are consumed, which types of resources have the most impact on the ecosystem, both positively and negatively, and which alternatives are reversing harmful side effects of traditional types of energy use.
Teaching Sustainable Lifestyle
Apart from the leadership aspect of building green cities, another piece of the equation involves sensitizing urban communities about the impact of their lifestyle choices on the broad ecosystem around them. It becomes easier to tackle climate change when the masses are also familiar with why they need to adopt public transportation when commuting within the city instead of driving fossil fuel-burning vehicles over short distances. City and town administrations can influence emission in their areas if they incentivize residents to adopt renewable energy like solar and wind power for their homes and inject extra power to the main grid in exchange for crediting their power bill. Simple things like building more bikes and walking lanes for people to live healthy while getting around contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The best platform for effectively spreading all these tips to people is social media.
Almost everyone in urban areas spends time on social media or online if this platform is taken advantage of by tech-savvy municipal administrations. As a result, a lot of information and guidelines can reach people’s attention about improving their future living conditions.
Regardless of whichever tactic is used to educate people, you have a responsibility to safeguard the environment just as much as the local government. We all use technology, and this means that we can collectively come together on a digital platform and discuss better ways to live within this planet. After all, if we don’t do anything now, then there will be nothing left to maintain your descendants when it is their turn to have offspring.