London – green city
Sep 24, 2014
We love London. Its hustle and bustle, its marauding tourists, its bars, pubs, restaurants; the sun setting on the Thames and rising over Trafalgar square. There’s something magical about the city and quite frankly we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else! It’s not just the place that we work, but also the city that we live in and the place that we call home.
Sometimes it can be easy to get bogged down with all the traffic and congestion, the smoke and the fumes. The way that the transport system seems designed to destroy your plans on a daily basis is a teeth clenching burden, and the constantly rising prices of everything may irk more than most, but then it wouldn’t be the greatest city on the planet without its little pitfalls.
One amazing fact that I recently read was that London has actually been announced as the ‘greenest city in Europe’, which places it third in the ‘greenest cities in the world’! Isn’t that fantastic?... I think whilst we spend a great deal of our time staring into the blackening abyss of tube tunnels, it’s easy to forget that just a few feet above our heads are acres upon acres of parks and greens that pepper London’s concrete streets.
Walk down any road in London and you will soon find yourself greeted by a courtyard - a little green space shaded by oak trees - or one of London’s humongous Royal Parks. It’s something that most Londoners probably take for granted, but when you consider the next greenest city in Europe was Berlin, whose green space constituted only a measly 14% of its land area compared to London’s 40%, it seems a crying shame to do so.
However, this revelation isn’t just about aesthetic appeal, as the green pastures of London have a significant impact on climate change and pollution, acting as carbon sinks which absorb a great deal of the excess greenhouse gases we produce.
Along with the introduction of the hydrogen bus, and the updating of the network system with cross rail soon to come into effect, we ought to see, over the years, an even further reduction in the gases that we actually release. It would be fantastic if one day London could become the greenest city in the world; our network of parks and transport systems, a model for future development of new cities.