It is estimated that 60% of our children and youth are exposed to violence. Violence can range from bullying to domestic violence. Whether victimized or witnessed an act of violence, this exposure has been affecting the education of our youth. In the past five years the percent of high school students who report they have missed school because they felt unsafe either at school or traveling to and from school has increased by 44%, from 10.5% in 2005 to 15.1% in 2009.
What would be the best course of action and who would be affected?
By lighting our streets with solar powered streetlights, we would create a perception of safety in our neighborhoods. The children, especially, would be affected and benefit by this. will be able to travel to and from school safely and would be willing to participate in after school activities that would run through the night.
Why would this plan be beneficial and how would it relate to urban sustainability?
Having the community be involved in urban planning and considering their needs would create a positive impact to the health of the community. The safety of our citizens create a safe city. The political commitment would have to be at its highest level. Reducing the exposure to violence with our youth would create a safer thus healthier environment to live in.