Sustainable Asia: Why Going Green Results in Better Living

Cities are growing faster than ever in the 21st century, but it is essential that this rapid growth is sustainable with an emphasis on green living. Asia appears to be leading the way and showing the rest of the world just how to do it. The 2015 Sustainable City performance index report had rated Seoul, Hong Kong and Singapore very highly in the annual top 10. The rest of the top 10 are all from Europe.

Asia also has the biggest divergence, with cities such as Jakarta, New Delhi and Manila ranking in the bottom. This divergence in sustainability is reflected in property pricing; real estate in the Philippines and India is far cheaper than similar listings in Hong Kong and Singapore. Despite these, how are 3 cities managing their rapid growth and ensuring its stability?

Seoul

South Korea has bounced back after the Korean War and is challenging the world leaders in a number of different areas. Seoul is the crown jewel of Korea, with almost half of the population living in its metropolitan area. Despite its rapid growth and huge population, Seoul is still extremely environment-friendly. Koreans are focusing on technology to achieve this. The high speed internet, which is considered the fastest in the world, allows its citizens to educate themselves on the importance of sustainability. By improving their technological infrastructure and sustainable development plans, Seoul has managed to continue to grow in an eco-friendly manner.

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong is well- known for being the trading hub, which connects China to the rest of the world. The huge amount  of trade has meant the city itself had grown at a phenomenal rate. Hong Kong does lack space, so the city is being forced to build skywards. This ‘urbanscaping’ attempt resulted in one of the most famous skylines in the world. Its population density should mean that Hong Kong has serious pollution issues. Hong Kong has tackled pollution by creating a huge fund that supports sustainable asia awareness and environment- friendly practices. Consequently, Hong Kong is managing to emerge victorious in its war against pollution.

Singapore

Singapore has made huge improvements since the 1960s and is now famously known as the most expensive city in the world. Whenever cities develop quickly, they have to face the challenges which come with growth. Singapore does this by following its Sustainable Singapore Blueprint. This blueprint has led to environmental awareness in the form of laws. Examples are the ban on chewing gum and the law-enforced flushing of public toilets. These unconventional regulations work in conjunction with the blueprint’s focus on adding green spaces, improving air quality and creating a more efficient transport system.

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