Smart Cities, Sustainable Cities!

By 2030, cities around the world will be responsible for 74% of the greenhouse gas emissions. Facing this challenge, we must not only be ambitious but also visionary. In this spirit, we must give priority to the circular economy and eco-design, foster environmental education and choose a radical and effective energy transition. Cities have always been in the forefront of change. Cities in Europe have countless of concrete solutions that will enable humanity to overcome the planetary challenges that we have already started to face.   We must reinvent our cities, finding novel ways for our fellow citizens to make way for cultural, economic, social and societal innovation. In this respect, we must truly use technological innovation at the service of sustainable cities, ensuring that our European cities are the most prosperous and dynamic on earth. Their strength comes from values of tolerance and mutual respect that unite our peoples far more than our differences divided us. Tolerance equals strength!   A year after President Trump announced the US exit from the Paris Climate Agreement we need to continue our collective fight with unwavering determination. We need to knock down walls and put up bridges. We need for forge truly progressive urban policies for cities where life is good.   We need to continue to fight contamination, choosing clean energies and favoring electric modes of transportation, car-pooling and cycling. We need even stronger commitment towards finding the proper solutions to achieve universal shared progress for the good of the people. For this reason, we need to ensure that we can collect best practices on ecological transformation across Europe, using in-depth local and regional knowledge.
2 years, 7 months ago in The Europe of Tomorrow; it’s left!
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Promoting cycling is a good start. The Netherlands is a great example of cycling motorways and hopefully Germany will follow suit soon. In Tallinn, Estonia, there is currently free public transport. In Germany, public transport costs have been substantially reduced. These are brilliant examples of combating air pollution and showing how simple changes can help to mitigate climate change. In terms of air travel, I think we should consider more radical changes. Could a limit on air travel for each person be a good idea? Obviously there have to be exceptions such as business people but it’s certainly worth considering. Could we expand train and bus travel over distances within the same country instead of flying? e.g. the new train between London and Amsterdam takes only hours and eliminates the need to board a flight. I really hope the Socialists and Democrats can lead by example on this matter.

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