SDG Challenge Day 11 – Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

15th September 2016

The United Nations states that:
• Half of humanity – 3.5 billion people – lives in cities today
• By 2030, almost 60 per cent of the world’s population will live in urban areas
• The world’s cities occupy just 3 per cent of the Earth’s land, but account for 60-80 per cent of energy consumption and 75 per cent of carbon emissions
• Rapid urbanization is exerting pressure on fresh water supplies, sewage, the living environment, and public health

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The world’s cities are amazing places. Take London for example, a veritable melting pot of different nationalities, history, cultural heritage, feats in infrastructure and home to millions of people. The UN predicts that by 2030 almost 60% of the world population will live in urban areas, and whilst towns and cities are great, they also bring their own challenges.
Managed improperly cities generate huge amounts of waste, consume large volumes of energy and can be sites of great inequality. We need to work together to ensure that the benefits of urban centres can be enjoyed by all by creating sustainable systems for managing them.
So what’s great about where you live? What does your Urban centre have to offer a more sustainable future? And why not go and experience it for yourself! Today’s challenge asks you to celebrate one aspect of our urban environments that champions sustainability. Here are some ideas:
• Museums are often free for all and work tirelessly to preserve and maintain our cultural heritage – why not visit one?
• Transport systems like the bicycle hire schemes ensure green and sustainable means for travelling round cities – go for a ride!
• Free talks and events provide education and knowledge – get online and search one out!
• Green spaces provide sanctuary to appreciate our natural resources and help reduce our carbon footprint – head to your local park.
We want you to celebrate all that is good about towns and cities and share it with a picture on your news feed, explaining the importance of sustainable cities and communities.  Make sure you tag us!

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