Before it’s too late
by A.Diodato on December 2, 2015 - 2:08pm
The guardian claims that sustainable development is a vague terminology being bent like a rubber band. At the moment cities are taking resources from outskirts and giving nothing back. Natural resources continue to diminish because of cities’ increased energy and resource consumption. “Over 400 million people in Africa currently live in urban areas, a number that will triple by 2050.” This is happening because of increased hope and luxuries being found in cities, wars and conflicts driving people out of the outskirts and natural disasters created by the overconsumption of natural resources. Urbanisation is surpassing our ability to sustainably develop. The urbanisation and disregard for resource regeneration has caused issues such as climate change and losses of agricultural needs and resources. However the guardian believe it’s not too late to create a solution to ensure our needs and the needs of the future our met. This solution is urban development. Urban areas must be developed in manner that creates resource efficiency and low carbon emissions. Because of the increasing numbers in our urban populations cities must become self reliant and improve rather than sustain our ecosystems. In order to create these changes the guardian believes a radical change in policies, and actions must be implemented on a public and private level. It takes a combined global effort form everyone on al levels to create this kind of change. An additional benefit to implementing these ideas in the Southern countries are that existing infrastructure will not be a major but new infrastructures can be created with these ideas. Which could allow those countries to leapfrog already established industrialised countries.
This generation cannot depend on sustaining flawed infrastructures and policies. We already have the technology to implement the social chance needed to create sustainable urban development. Our governments need to do what is required to create more energy efficient infrastructures and systems. Instead of being influenced by the heads of companies making profits from fossil fuels, governments can focus on meeting energy needs from combined energy efficient systems such as solar, geothermal, hydro and wind energy. An initiative to put solar panels on the roofing of the majority infrastructures could significantly decrease our dependence on natural resources from outskirts. The projected increase in Africa is not an anomaly, without radical efforts and changes in beliefs sustainable development will not be possible and our future generations will be left with nothing.