“A city’s environment is shaped not only by people who have an important influence, but by everyone who lives and works there.”
As a supporter and advocate for the environment, some people assume that my only desire is to live in a tiny house somewhere remote and live off the land, or build a home completely off the grid. Don’t get me wrong, both ideas have crossed my mind, but I find I definitely crave city life and in my current status returning to southern Utah, I miss being in a city. After living in Salt Lake City and Chicago temporarily, you’d think I would feel disdain for urban life and wish I could escape, but in reality it is just the opposite. I’m still undecided as to whether or not I want to reside in a city or escape to the country, but one thing remains true, it is possible to find green in a city, and I’m not referring to money. Living sustainably, respecting the environment and finding greenery in a city are absolutely possible. How? To see what I mean, take a look at a collection of my photos from visits to cities that know how to get their green on.
Seattle, Washington, United States
Portland, Oregon, United States
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Chicago, Illinois, United States
If large cities such as these can find the value of creating and preserving patches of greenery, why hasn’t the rest of the world followed suit? It may take time for technology to catch up with the needs of sustainability, but doing our best to take care of our world does not require waiting. If there’s plenty of gardens and parks to enjoy, then we as citizens can do our part to take actions towards preserving these pieces of scenery. What can be done? We can start by reducing our plastic use and waste, growing our own food whether it’s herbs on the counter or a garden within a community, thinking about how much we consume before we buy something we don’t need and reminding our politicians to support sustainable tactics. There’s plenty more to be done, but as I’ve seen, we can always do more as a community than alone in our apartment buildings.
“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.”
-Pedro Calderon de la Barca
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