An important way for me to educate myself, especially before I start studying, is to read articles from many writers about sustainable and environmental topics. I thought it would be nice to share a few every now and then that I find interesting and really make me think.
Today I read an article on LinkedIn written by Kofi Annan, about city pollution and how it’s time to make changes as we grow our incredible cities around the world. The first few sentences straight away caught my attention and had me really thinking, it begins with;
‘Cities are all about people. They are home to 50% of the world’s population, yet cover only 2% of our planet’s surface. They consume up to 80% of our power and are responsible for 75% of CO2 emissions.’
How can something that is only 2% of our planet’s surface create 75% of the CO2 emissions? The more we are evolving and other countries are wanting to create more cities like the ones we live in, the more urgent it is for us all to be educated and create a world that can be sustainable and give our future generations the chance to have a healthy world. Although building a city is on a lot larger scale, there are still things we can all do. As we grow older and start looking into the houses we want to live in, and if we are lucky build ourselves, we should all think about becoming more self-sufficient. Solar panels for example are a great addition to our otherwise empty roofs, that can not only lower your bills but create a green alternative to getting energy. My parents have a water turbine under the house that along with the solar panels generates all of their electricity and heats the water. If new builds followed more of these positive changes, and the larger cities that are being built have more thought towards making a difference, I know we could really save this beautiful planet.
Read here , the great article that I saw today. What difference can you make? xx