How eco-wise are smart cities? About 50% of the human population now live in cities – and cities and megalopolises are guzzlers of energy and natural resources. Many cities in the world are expected to face severe water famine periodically even as some cities, especially on the coast bear the brunt of cyclones, erratic monsoons and floods. Our huge cities today can manage their humongous sewage, plastic and other waste problems only by following cyclical processes that Nature teaches us.
This section provides many resources to understand how we can redefine truly smart cities – as cities that are re-generative cities.
By the year 2050, 75% of the population of the world is expected to be living in urban areas; there’s an urgent need to focus on building sustainable cities. This article looks at how you can start at an individual level to make your city eco-friendly. Being mindful of your consumption patterns and engaging other citizens through set-ups like a community based garbage processing unit and some other ideas are discussed. Written in an American context, this piece is still relevant and Innovative strategies for waste management, local generation of power, greener mass transit solutions, etc. are explored as key practices towards a greener city.
This article summaries the award-winning proposals of City Investments To Innovate, Integrate and Sustain (CITIIS) programme, highlighting how these Indian cities would become the country’s next smart cities. Read everything from Agartala’s refreshed riverfront idea to Amritsar’s step towards smarter travel. Bhubaneshwar reimagines public places, Hubbali-Dharwad launches a green initiative, and Dehradun puts forth commuter and environment friendly solutions. While Surat emphasises on a transition from wastelands to biodiversity hubs, Kochi engages in a digital healthcare revolution.
As 90% of global urban growth now takes place in developing countries, it has become extremely important to make cities both ecologically and economically sustainable. In India’s context, during the last two decades, most cities have experienced phenomenal growth and as a consequence are faced with infrastructure problems, water & air pollution, and environmental degradation. This article looks at well-planned eco-cities as a potential solution. It also highlights how essential socio cultural aspects of sustainability are in the process of managing eco-cities.
Baby steps. That’s all it takes to make less waste. Here are 10 no-to-low cost changes you can start today! JUST SAY NO– no to plastic straws, no to disposable napkins, no to plastic utensils and bags. Saying no is free, boosts your confidence, and prevents tons...
Conversion of urban green spaces to built spaces in Bangalore. Photo: Harini Nagendra Once considered a predominantly rural country, India is rapidly urbanizing. Although less than 1/3rdof India’s population now lives in cities, in the next two decades we are expected...