Global warming has become a phenomenon that is acknowledged by the world, and summits have been organized to tackle this pertinent problem that has plagued us over the past two decades. Governments, communities, businesses and individuals all have a part to play to tackle or mitigate the effects of Global warming.
Let’s take a look at the counties that are spearheading such environmental efforts of sustainable living.
Singapore is a city state with roads and pavements all across the island flaunting flora and fauna that lives up to Singapore’s reputation as a “Garden City”. Infrastructures have been constructed with the incorporation of green spaces within the premises. From large corporate buildings, hotels, schools and commercial agricultural land spaces, Singapore has definitely walked the talk of Green Initiatives.
Check out insanely beautiful nature that has been incorporated within the infrastructures standing proudly in the tiny island of Singapore.
Park Royal Hotel on Pickering
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The Hive @ Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
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Rooftops of Public Residences
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Sky Greens Vertical Farming
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Did you know? Green spaces have their own benefits, which is why the people of Singapore are so efficient and yet healthy at the same time!
The Netherlands is surrounded by gorgeous and scenic waterfront views, with millions of tourists flocking over to savor these views every year. Ironically, the very waters that make Netherlands beautiful is threatening their very survival - with rising sea levels, Netherlands is doomed to be the next Atlantic City. However, modern and elaborate planning and architecture have paved the way for Netherlands to continue their reign for years to come and the world would not lose such a beautiful country. Check out their plan for survival and to go Green at the same time!
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With rising water levels, Amsterdam has begun planning infrastructure to be built atop wood or buoyant materials to make floating houses!
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Giethoorn, Netherlands, also known as the Venice of Netherlands feature canals instead of roads where the community uses boats instead of cars for a cleaner environment to live in!
3) United States
The United States of America is committed towards Climate Change and many businesses, as well as communities have taken initiatives to encourage the community and population to take charge of their environment!
Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage
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Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is one of the many pioneer villages in the US spearheaded by passionate and committed individuals bringing about change to the environment. Formed in 1997 and located at Rutledge, Missouri, USA, the small village is ever-growing with its residents agreeing to abide by ecological covenants and sustainability guidelines. In years to come, a village will be born that has a culture of being environmentally and socially sustainable!Tesla Powerwall
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The Tesla Powerwall might be the key towards green and sustainable living in time to come. Zero Emission company, Tesla has invented the Powerwall to be at the forefront of eco-friendly properties using solar power as a replacement to traditional sources of providing energy (coal & fossil fuel). In the near future, every household would have installed the Tesla Powerwall that will improve our living conditions.
4) Chew Magna, United Kingdom
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Chew Magna, United Kingdom is at the forefront of the UK in green and sustainable living! This is why she is the home of the "Go Zero" project, which aims to promote education for sustainability in society, conservation and improvements to the environment in the UK and overseas. Chew Magna is currently moving towards zero waste status and has been described as the greenest parish in the whole of Britain!
5) Sekem, Egypt
The SEKEM initiative was founded in 1997 to realize the vision of sustainable human development. Its mission is the development of the individual, society and environment through a holistic concept integrating economic, societal and cultural life. SEKEM aspires to be an impulse for continuous development in all parts of life and a contribution to the development of the entire world. As of now, SEKEM is one of the role models that many countries look up to for their revolutionary evolution. If a wasteland in a desert can be developed into a farmland and home to many flora and fauna, what potential does other parts of the world hold?
Evolution of Sekem, Egypt through the years
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Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish had a noble vision of transforming the desert by introducing nature into the barren lands. Isn't the power of nature incredible such that it now draws many people into Sekem? We can start changing our lives by introducing a piece of nature, right to our homes!
Farmlands in Sekem, Egypt
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6) Vauban, Freiburg, Germany
Vauban is a evergreen village with only a history of 16 years! In 2001, its first 2000 residents moved in into this "sustainable model district".
Homes with Solar-Panelled Roofs
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All houses in Vauban are built to a low-energy consumption standard. The heaters in the buildings are heated by a combined heat and power station burning wood chips or else by the solar collectors or photovoltaic cells. The Solar Settlement in Vauban is the first housing community worldwide in which all the homes produce a positive energy balance of which the surplus is sold back to the city's grid for profit on every home! Who knew making money could be so easy?
Distinct Colourful Houses of Vauban
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An incredible amount of planning is require to promote green and sustainable living. Amazingly, the communities of Vauban prefers walking and cycling to driving and can be partly attributed to the layout of the district. The planning of the town is meant to "filter out the cars". This is accomplished by reducing the number of streets that run through the neighbourhood. Instead, most local streets are crescents and cul-de-sacs. While they are discontinuous for cars, they connect to a network of pedestrian and bike paths, which permeate the entire neighbourhood. In addition, these paths go through or past open spaces, adding to the enjoyment of the trip.
These cities and countries already found the importance of incorporating nature into urban development. However, these projects are massive and can't be done by yourself.
Nonetheless, you can start understanding our environment and what sustainable living is through owning a piece of nature right at your doorstep! The future is in your hands. Start now!