Isabella O'Malley, The Weather Network
Geothermal-heated sidewalks and efficient public transit powered by bioenergy might sound too good to be true, but for some ecocities this is just a normal part of commuting to work.
As developing regions accumulate wealth and develop into sprawling cities many concerns arise with their energy use and carbon footprint. The United Nations projects that by 2050 nearly 70 per cent of all people will be living in urban areas, and urbanization is typically characterized by reliance on fossil fuels to build infrastructure, expand manufacturing and the economy, and provide affordable electricity. Many argue that growth and reducing poverty are not possible without fossil fuels, however these ecocities challenge this thinking.
Ecocities are sustainable cities that work towards creating a habitat that is environmentally, socially, and economically healthy and will not compromise the ability of future generations to have the same experience. This green way of life is a reality for millions of people around the world from countries in all stages of development - read below to discover how these ecocities fascinating foster this green way of life.