Cape Town – We’re always for #EcoTravel - encouraging
travellers to make responsible decisions by using the most
environmentally-friendly means of exploring the world, while supporting those eco-friendly
businesses and infrastructure in the industry that use sustainable practices.
With a worldwide movement towards being more environmentally
responsible in the travel industry - including airports
going “green”, cities
becoming more eco-friendly and a surge in eco-tourism
opportunities and activities – it’s no wonder that more cities have adopted
a very simple an effective way to practice “going green”, by planting more
Sustainable travel stays expected to double in 2017 - survey
Cities across the globe are constantly looking at ways to grow
more trees and expand on parks – as well as build vertical
‘forests’ which are high-rise buildings covered with trees and plants,
which can already be found in parts of Singapore and Milan.
To find out which of the world’s cities is the most “greenest”
and boasting the most number of trees, Treepedia was created by MIT's Senseable Lab and the World Economic Forum.
The site has interactive
maps that show the density of greenery in major cities around the world - and South Africa's Durban and Johannesburg made the top 10 list!
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'Forest City' to fight pollution
“The researchers used information from Google Street View to
determine what they call the "Green View Index," a rating that
quantifies each city's percentage of canopy coverage based on aerial images,”
says the World
Economic Forum (WEF).
According to MIT's Carlo Ratti, the goal of Treepedia is to “make
urban planning more accessible to those outside the field”.
Top 10 cities and their percentage of tree coverage
Netherlands — 20.6%
9. Geneva, Switzerland — 21.4%
8. Frankfurt, Germany — 21.5%
7. Sacramento, California — 23.6%
6. Johannesburg, South Africa — 23.6%
5. Durban, South Africa — 23.7%
4. Cambridge, Massachusetts — 25.3%
3. Vancouver, Canada — 25.9%
2. Sydney, Australia — 25.9%
1. Singapore — 29.3%
Singapore is known for its high-rises and emphasis on
trees. “By 2030, the city hopes to expand its green spaces even more
— the goal is for 85% of its residents to live within 400 meters from a park,
according to a 2013 Land Use Plan,” says WEF.
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