The growing world population has progressed towards an urban lifestyle where the majority of the population now lives in cities where government is centralized and the natural environment is a far reach away. While it is well known that cities can offer many positive things, it is not yet recognized as a source for our government to study how we can make changes and make cities more sustainable to help save the environment while witnessing a growing population.
According to Pojman (2000), the growing population is increasingly living in largely populated cities and has done so since the 1900’s.
He further points out that cities encourage even more growth, which in turn adds to more air pollution in the environment and the continual creation of “luxury items” that none of us really need in a growing population.
He further lists several examples from all over the world where cities with a large population are making changes to help save the environment and becoming more involved in local government decisions. These changes in cities are happening by creating more open spaces in larger cities and creating an environment where the population is more active in government decisions.
Pojman also links the decentralization of government to the success of city communities and their ability to deal with their own local issues with their growing population and concerns for their environment.
Centralized government that currently exists in the U.S. discourages the involvement of people in cities in the political process, including issues with the environment. It is possible however, that our current government is making strides to involve more of the population in larger cities with regards to the environment and decision making within the government.
Because the number of people living in urban areas and the number of cities worldwide continues to grow with the growing global population, is it possible that we need to focus more attention on how we can create more sustainable cities and a decentralized government in order to save our environment and our growing population?
Making physical changes in cities, such as adding parks, playgrounds and more open spaces cannot be the only change that we make in cities with a large population in order to help our environment. In addition, in order for us to save our environment, a new environmental ethic (or moral consciousness) needs to take place within cities, the population as a whole, and government.
A city with a large population has the ability to create communities that are not only alienated from the natural environment but where the people in the population are alienated from each other and take little part in government decisions.
Our connection with the natural environment and individuality seems to be lost by the wayside in cities with large populations.
In contrast to wilderness areas, a city offers so many positive things such as employment, universities and hospitals. It is imperative that we discover how to create sustainability in our existing and future cities by creating decentralized government that will help the growing population save our environment.
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“Obama and the Environment: Where are The Clean Energy Jobs?”
“Advertising and the Consumer Equals Disaster for the Environment”
“Is Permaculture the Hope for a Sustainable Future?”
“Water: Our Most Valuable and Vulnerable Resource”
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Authors’ Disclaimer: While every caution has been taken to provide my readers with the most accurate information, please use your discretion before making any decisions based on the information in this article.
Pojman, L.P. (2000). The challenge of the future: Private property, the city, the globe, and a sustainable society. In Pojman, L. & Pojman, P. (Eds), Environmental ethics: Readings in theory and application (pp.721-732). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.