Tuesday, April 22, 2014

World's Greenest Cities

Today is another earth day. It is happy that through continuous awareness , talks and news people had began to think on environment. The frequent natural calamities at different parts of world also  directed our thoughts towards environment. 
Every year  April 22nd is observed as earth day. People around the globe take more effort than usual to focus on the issues facing our planet earth. 
This year’s Earth Day comes with the theme of “Green Cities“. More than half of the world’s population lives in cities and hence concept of green cities have great importance. The list below shows the 30 greenest cities in the world. They are selected according to their different performance in environment protection.

The 30 greenest cities are -

  • Oslo in Norway
  • Malmo in Sweden
  • Reykjavik in Iceland
  • Barcelona in Spain
  • Copenhagen in Denmark
  • Birmingham in England
  • Stockholm in Sweden
  • Zermatt in Switzerland
  • Vancouver in Canada
  • Toronto  in Canada
  • Chicago in USA
  • Eugene in USA
  • Costa Rica in Costa Rica
  • San Francisco in USA
  • Austin in USA
  • Portland in USA
  • Minneapolis in USA
  • New Delhi in India
  • Singapore in Singapore
  • Tokyo in Japan
  • Accra in Ghana
  • Cape Town in South Africa
  • Nairobi in Kenya
  • Melbourne in Australia
  • Sydney  in Australia
  • Adelaide  in Australia
  • Curitiba in Brazil
  • Bogota in Columbia
  • Bahia de Caraquez in Ecuador
  • Belo Horizonte in Brazil
Why they are Green?
  • 70% of Oslo is covered in agricultural land
  • 30% of Malmo’s population commutes by bike
  • All but 1% of Reykjavik’s energy is from renewable sources
  • Barcelona has a 113,000 sq ft solar panel in the city
  • 50+% of people in Copenhagen travel by bike
  • Birmingham has over 3500 hectares of open space
  • 99% of household waste in Stockholm is recycled or used to make energy
  • Zermatt uses horse carts or manual carts to transport goods through the city
  • Vancouver wants to be the greenest city by 2020
  • Toronto has reduced its greenhouse emissions by 40%
  • Chicago has planted over 2 million sq feet of rooftop gardens
  • Eugene is known as the “Emerald City” for being so green – literally
  • Costa Rica is working on reforestation
  • San Francisco recycles 77% of their waste
  • Austin aims to have 20% renewable energy by 2020
  • Over 60% of workers in Minneapolis commute with public transport
  • Accra is constructing a huge monorail system
  • Singapore has 480 green certified buildings
  • New Delhi produces the least waste of any city in Asia
  • Tokyo has the lowest Carbon Dioxide emissions in Asia
  • 10% of Cape Town’s homes have solar panels
  • Nairobi is at the head of a fashion upcycling trend
  • Melbourne has many car free zones in the city
  • Sydney is aiming to reduce Carbon Dioxide emissions by 70% in 2030
  • In Curitiba, poorer residents are rewarded with food and supplies in exchange for recycling
  • Bogota relies heavily on public transport and has many green spaces
  • Bahia de Caraquez has the world’s first certified organic shrimp farm
  • Belo Horizonte aims to reduce their greenhouse gases 20% by 2030
So it is now our turn to make our cities also green in coming future by adopting some method to make it eco friendly. If there is a will there will be a way. So let us try jointly.

1 comment:

Areekkodan | അരീക്കോടന്‍ said...

Have a look on these cities on this earth day...