In a world enveloped in issues like global warming, taking sustainable measures is the only answer to this pressing question that keeps coming up: how do we save the planet?
So, what is sustainability? And how do we achieve this? Yet again, we can’t start before primarily answering the most important question, why do we need it?
Global Warming is slowly getting out of our control, and it won’t be long before we see out planet deteriorate to an irreparable extent. Melting glaciers, rising sea levels, severe droughts, increased frequency of floods, extinction of vulnerable life-forms, and the list goes on and on. It’s already too late and nations all over the world are realizing the heavy damage that global warming is bringing upon us.
Sustainability is a broad term that encapsulates as “meeting current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own”. From using electric cars to resorting to paper bags instead of plastic packets, we are making a swift change. Although, when these small yet meaningful initiatives are summed up, they form an ecosystem that promotes and practices sustainable measures. Delving into this further, you must have definitely heard of Smart Cities. These are sustainable ecosystems that use data and technology to create efficiencies, economic development and enhance quality of life for people living and working in the city. The city supports a smarter energy infrastructure that reduces waste and lowers emissions by substantial amounts.
Let’s take a look at a pertinent example that is creating a bench-mark for other nations to draw inspiration from. Singapore, a small tropical country off the Southern coast Malaysia, is showing its responsibility towards the environment. The government of Singapore has made owning cars so expensive that people now use the uber-integrated transport network that connects even the most remote locations of Singapore to the main hub of the city. According to the IoT Institute, alongside making substantial investments in road sensors, phased traffic lights and smart parking, the city-state has announced that it is developing a software, called “Virtual Singapore” that enables city planners to run virtual tests to verify, for instance, how crowds might evacuate from a neighborhood that is facing an emergency. Moving on, another smart city, Barcelona is taking significant measures to ensure that it delivers a high standard of living. The capital city has made an extensive use of sensors to help monitor and manage traffic. In addition, Barcelona is promoting sustainable energy through the efficient use of smart grid pilot projects and smart meters to reduce carbon emissions.
There are many cities in this world that are acting out their bit and making a major difference. Although, the change will not reflect unless this singular effort is multiplied and a larger number of people, nations, territories and government systems start realizing their ability to sustain a healthy environment.