The most critical urban sustainability challenge.

Though this seems like common sense, global climate change is an issue that affects everybody. Likely the largest problem we as a people and planet face, it definitely needs to be taken and addressed more seriously, not only by governments and companies, but by every individual including you and me. This human induced accelerated climate change not only affects everybody and everything, but is only a problem because of the irresponsible actions people have taken and continue to take and, subsequently, its devastating effects can only be avoided if we all collectively as humans act, ambitiously and immediately, to solve it.

I unfortunately am guilty of not engaging in the most sustainable practices. I often drive to work when public transit is readably and easily available; I am sure I could make a stronger attempt at recycling; and I am sure I can make more water and power conscious decisions around the house. I believe that I share this with many others and that this is the most significant challenge to urban sustainability. It is our lifestyle that is the greatest obstacle to saving the planet. It is a consumer culture where wasteful actions habits seemingly receive no immediate, visible, direct or even any repercussions. We have seen recent steps taken toward emission reduction, such as the COP21 in Paris, aimed to greatly curb carbon emissions. According to the New York Times’ article “What a climate change agreement means for the world,” it was the greatest step taken toward saving the planet. According to TriplePundit, coal power plants will decrease their electricity production in the near future. Of course, if everybody reduced our electricity consumption today onward, anthropogenic climate change would be minimized.

TriplePundit. “The COP21 Climate Agreement: What Does It Mean for the United States?”    http://www.triplepundit.com/2016/01/cop21-climate-agreement-mean-united-states/

Gillis, Justin. “What does a climate deal mean for the world?” New York Times. Dec 15, 2015.       http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/12/12/science/What-Does-the-Climate-Deal-Mean.html?rref=collection%2Fnewseventcollection%2Fun-climate-change-conference&_r=1

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4 thoughts on “The most critical urban sustainability challenge.

  1. I definitely agree with you that people need to be more serious about climate change. I might add that people like to ignore what might happen in the future since they are not directly affected in the present. People tend to follow habits that are most convenient to them now but don’t like to think about how it might affect our future generations. Sustaining the planet for the future should be a priority.

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  2. I also agree with what you’re saying. I think it’s very urgent for people to start changing their lifestyles now, even if they government isn’t forcing them to. However, people don’t feel the urgency and won’t change much until someone directly tells them to. I think those that understand that change needs to happen should work towards changing more policies that will open people’s eyes.

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  3. Afortu4, I thought that your calls to action in your blog post were very appropriate. We can all act more sustainably and live lifestyles that should and could be altered to help our planet out. For example, I too have driven when “public transit is readably and easily available”. It is on us as individuals to make more responsible choices, and the governments/private sector to make things like public transit better and better for us. Additionally, I too followed the COP21 conference in Paris, and was shocked at some of the date they produced. We certainly need to take this issue more seriously!

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  4. This is a strong read due to the truths that it unveils. We as humans connected in a global network seem to cast many stones and point countless fingers in an attempt to blame everyone but ourselves for the detriment of our planet. “Temperatures are rising because China produces way too much pollution.” “The reservoirs are drying up because the neighbors are always watering their lawn.” We are we going to start taking accountability of our own actions? Whether it be as a collective nation or as individuals, we must take the steps necessary to reduce our impact on the world.

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