17 AUGUST 2018 #49 CITIES NEED NATURE

CITIES NEED NATURE

More natural cities are healthier, more resilient, and lovelier places to live.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has teamed up with city mayors around the world to finance climate action across dozens of cities.

EXAMPLE: BISHKEK
Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, where I recently completed four years of Peace Corps service, is a city filled with beautiful parks, trees, and flowers.

EXAMPLE: SEATTLE
My home town, Seattle Washington, is nicknamed “The Emerald City” because greenery abounds. Trees, shrubs, ferns, moss, and wildflowers are everywhere.
My First Hill Streetcar stop is in a triangle at the intersection of two major streets. In this tiny park we have three fully mature trees, lots of green shrubbery, a park bench, even short walking paths. It is a lovely, peaceful place.

The efforts of cities around the world to become greener is an important step toward Earth as a healthier home for humans … and other animals.

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle Washington
17 August 2018

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