Climate change has been a hot topic for the last few years, with figureheads such as Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough inspiring change. However, there is no denying that the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the topic of sustainability to the forefront. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) introduced the idea of an environmental tipping point 20 years ago, and it is now estimated we are only 10 years away from crossing the threshold into irreversible environmental damage.
How can sustainable cities help fix this?
If we carry on as we are, the environmental damage we have inflicted could be irreparable by 2027. The UK government has been pushing for change, with regulations such as London’s low and ultra-low emission zones, and government legislation aiming to cut emissions by 78% by 2035.