Cities are exciting. They are hives of activity. Cities are filled with energy. They are often the epicenter of business, trade, culture, sport, academia and so much more. It is easy to see why people want to live, work and play in cities. But there is a flip side to everything. And in the case of cities, the evidence suggests that they are quite simply bad for your health.

The recent measles outbreak in New York City demonstrated exactly how cities can become incubators for public health hazards. However, such cases are extreme examples. What is perhaps less prominent in the public eye is the debilitating impact that everyday city life can have on personal health. In fact, it can be deadly — The World Health Organisation estimates that every year, 4.2 million people die as a result of outdoor air pollution. …

Electric scooters are taking cities by storm. No longer such a novelty, they are fast becoming part of the everyday transit landscape. …

There is no lack of awareness when it comes to the need for greener living. National and local governments have long been looking for ways to improve the environment. In fact, pretty much every major city seems to have a green action plan, or similar initiative to meet environmental targets. Of course, this is to be applauded. Their ambition is entirely correct. However, the challenge arises when it comes to actually achieving results. How do you encourage residents to take the steps required to make a meaningful impact on green living?

Wisely, many governments concluded that it would be better to use the ‘carrot’ rather than the ‘stick’, to encourage, nudge and cajole people in the right direction. Financial incentives and tax breaks have almost become the norm, to encourage energy efficiency. In the United States, the federal government offers rebates and tax credits for making energy-saving changes to your home. In Canada, the federal government recently announced that it will give people up to $5,000 when they purchase an electric vehicle. Individual cities have followed suit. Adelaide in Australia, Hamilton in Canada and Charlottesville, Virginia are among those which offer financial benefits for green construction. …


Dan Kosky

Colu's Global Communications Manager - https://www.colu.com/