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From Greed to Green: Rethinking Sustainable Development in Our Cities

Updated: Mar 15, 2023

Photo by Frank Suffert

As the world grapples with the challenges of sustainability, the very institutions that are meant to protect us are sometimes the biggest obstacles. Corrupt democratic systems, slow-moving bureaucracies, and greedy corporations are just a few examples of the things that get in the way of sustainable development.

The sad truth is that our institutions are often more concerned with their own survival than with the long-term well-being of people and the planet. Instead of working to create a healthy and sustainable world, many of our institutions are focused on short-term gains and personal enrichment.

Photo by Frank Suffert

In many cities, we see the effects of this every day. Pollution, deforestation, and urban sprawl are just a few of the issues that plague our urban centers. Despite the best efforts of many dedicated individuals and organizations, progress towards a sustainable future is often painfully slow.

Living Cities Earth is a vision for a different kind of world. It is a world in which nature is respected and revered, and human institutions are reimagined to support, rather than exploit, the natural world. It is a world in which people and planet are in harmony, and the well-being of all is the top priority.

Photo by Frank Suffert

To achieve this vision, we need to rethink everything. We need to create systems that are designed to work with, rather than against, nature. We need to rewild our cities, regenerating ecosystems and creating sustainable, resilient communities. And we need to do all of this in a way that empowers people and inspires them to take action.

The task ahead of us is enormous, but it is also incredibly exciting. Together, we can create a world that is more just, equitable, and beautiful for all. We can build a community of city leaders who are passionate about making a difference, and inspire others to join them. And we can create a future that is not only sustainable, but truly regenerative, where the natural world flourishes and humans thrive in harmony with it.

Photo by Frank Suffert

But to do this, we need to be bold. We need to challenge the status quo, and refuse to accept the slow pace of change. We need to demand more from our institutions, and from ourselves. And we need to remember that nature doesn't need humans, but we desperately need a healthy planet and biodiversity to survive and thrive.

In the end, it is up to us to create the world we want to live in. Living Cities Earth is a call to action, a vision for the future, and a community of people who are committed to creating a sustainable and regenerative world. Together, we can make it happen.

Photo by Frank Suffert


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This article delves into the barriers that a corrupt democratic system, slow-moving bureaucracy, and greedy corporations pose to sustainable development in cities and emphasizes the need for rewilding nature, regenerating cities, and rethinking our approach to everything.

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