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Sustainable Cities Vital Component in Fight Against Climate Change

Posted Sep 09 2009 10:04pm

I love city life. Despite the automobile traffic and pollution, metropolitan areas have much to offer. They are cultural hubs. They are transportation hubs. They are economic engines for entire regions.

However, cities also are great sources of greenhouse gas emissions which exacerbate climate change. Sadly, the formula for calculating just how much damage the average city does to the environment lies in a simple formula.

In agrarian economies, the average citizen produces 3 units of energy for every 1 unit consumed. In cities, the proportion is reversed. In other words, the average denizen of a metropolitan area produces 1 unit of energy for every 3 units consumed. In the United States, the proportion is even worse, 5 units of energy for every 1 unit produced.

The good news is that city dwellers are the best equipped to spark cultural and social changes. Using the United States as an example once again, many trends which Yankees follow begin in New York and Los Angeles, two of our megacities (having at least 10 million residents during all 12 months of the year).

It is for this reason that I am delighted to tell you about a new website which plows a new path for the United States and the rest of the industrialized world toward sustainable cities.

Meet ChayahCity.org

The first two letters of the name form a hard k sound. The founders of ChayahCity.org know a great deal about sustainable living and seek to build a list of followers who are excited about the idea. The goal of the website is to instruct its supporters in forming an exemplar city, a shining emerald city where sustainable practice are embraced at every level of society.

ChayahCity.org launched just a few days ago and I exhort you to visit the website to learn more. Enter your name and email address to receive details. Through regular updates, you will learn about the origins of sustainable cities as a concept (they go back many decades) and just how easy it will be for all of us to follow the lead set by ChayahCity.org

The idealism of a perfectly sustainable city where harmony thrives is alive and kicking at ChayahCity.org

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