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- What is your model for a sustainable city?

- What are your proposals for the well-being of young people and families? - cohesion between all generations, affordable housing, safe public spaces, and fitness areas?

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I believe that there is a lot to be changed in our cities. I would start with changing the way we move in the city, to lower both air and noise pollution. Cars must not be allowed in the city centers. I propose to build car parks outside of the city centers and to develop public transport such as busses, tram lines, bikes to rent... that would go from the outskirts of the city to the city center. This system already exists in some cities, this is possible. Second of all, we must also try to avoid air pollution in the outskirts. For that, I propose to encourage people to buy electric cars. Nowadays, the biggest problem about electric or hybrid cars is that they are too expensive and that a lot of citizens can't afford the system that is needed to reload these cars. I recommend that cities set up a loading system for electrical cars on every parking spot, so that everyone can reload their car while they go to the supermarket, or have a walk in the pedestrian city center. This idea leads us to another problem : the way we produce the electricity. In most cities, the electricity is produced by the nuclear energy, while we could produce it by the solar power. Imagine if every house and apartment had photovoltaic panels : every home could produce the energy needed for the lighting and to keep the house warm during winter. In most cases, the amount of electricity produced is even too important for the needs of the house, and in some countries like France, people can sell the electricity they produce through the solar panels to the national electricity company. This extra electricity could be used for the systems to reload cars in the city. But we face one problem : solar panels are expensive. The cities have to give money to help people buy those solar panels, or they have to lower taxes for people who want buy them. To finish with the environmental problems, I recommend that we install in every cities a system that already exists in some countries like Sweden : at every store, people can bring their plastic bottles back, they get money for it, and then the stores recycle the bottles. This system is great to motivate people to recycle more. Moreover, food stores are too big, and a lot of products are being waisted. Having more stores, not as big as they are today, and in the city so that they are closer to where people live could be a solution. In most modern cities, we face another issue : poor families all live in the same neighborhoods, rich families in others ; some neighborhoods are safer than others and there is not enough social diversity. We need to work on what gathers people. Education, sport, arts. By increasing the public transports from the outskirts to the city centers, we develop connections between people. Art is also a way for people to connect, thus I propose to give walls to graffiti artists and to create places opened to anyone who want to share their passion. This could be a room open to everyone in a public building. Another way to connect people is through urban farms : everyone can grow and collect vegetables together. These are ecological and safe meeting places for people with different backgrounds and lives. I will end this text with another important issue : obesity. This has become a big problem in some countries in Europe and our sedentary lives increase it. Every kid must have sport at school, and I recommend that every company imposes at least two hours a week of sport, like some companies already do in Sweden. Most of all, we must let trees and public gardens develop in our cities, to encourage people to go for a walk or a run on a sunny day ; and we must build public stadiums and fields open to everyone so that people can play sports with friends whenever they want. Picture it : you live in a diverse peripheral area of the city. It is a sunny saturday morning, you take the tram line to the city center, you go for a run with your friends and then, you come back home, take your electric car and go to the closest store. On the car park, the batteries of your car reloads while you buy what you need in a store that isn't too big and where most of the products are sold in packagings without plastic. At the exit, you give back your used plastic bottles and you collect the money. You eat dinner, cooked with products of the urban farm, with your neighbors on the roof of your house. The night is cold, but no problem, your solar panels produce enough electricity to keep your apartment warm. This life is possible, both citizens and leaders have to work on it and to invest time and money in those new cities. I didn't invent these propositions, I only looked at what already existed in some places and tried to make all of these initiatives work together. This is a long-time investment and it is time that we start planning a better future.

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We need to reduce air pollution and noise pollution in our cities. For that, we need to ban cars from the city centers and only allow electrical buses and tramways there. We should also have bicycle stations so that people can borrow bicycles with a season ticket. We also have to encourage everyone to buy electrical cars : the best way to do so is to install electric charging on every parking space. But we have to go further, because in lots of countries, electricity comes from the nuclear power. A solution would be to install solar pannels on every building and to put the extra electricity produced in the city electrical network.

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A CITY TO SAVE THE WORLD Despite the high quality of life that some of the so-called developed nations have achieved, the truth is that the world, considered as a group of countries located in a fragile and geographically limited biosphere, is threatened with extinction due to human conflicts and the depredation of the environment. Notwithstanding the good and very important actions taken by groups and individuals in favor of a better world, deterioration at all levels continues to increase dangerously. After more than thirty years dedicated to these matters, and since "an image is worth a thousand words" we have come up with a novel idea of designing a model city that has all the characteristics of infrastructure and organization inherent to the peaceful and sustainable society that we want for ourselves and our descendants, whose representation in the form of scale models, animated series, feature films, video games and theme parks, would constitute a model to follow to generate the necessary changes. The prototype that we present has some characteristics that are opposed, sometimes in a radical way, to the religious, economic, political and educational traditions and customs that have been transmitted from generation to generation, yet are the causes of the aforementioned problems, and therefore must be transformed. If you are interested in knowing about this project, or even participating in it, we invite you to visit our website https://elmundofelizdelfuturo.blogspot.com/ (written in Spanish and English), where we are working in that sense.

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The traffic in the big cities have the most polution, the way this should fix this is to make cities which are better for the climate. this city should use more of the nature, like solar pannels, but then the city do not need the huge skyscrapers, and have smaller houses and apartments. This will make it easier for the solar pannels to do their job. the traffic shoud be fixed by using biogass for the busses and have more electrical cars.

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One of the main problems regarding air pollution and/or climate change is traffic in big cities. To create a sustainable city, a suggestion to fix this could be a greater focus on public transport. By creating a better offer on the public transport factor, fewer people will drive private cars which will lead to less air pollution. Another suggestion is to offer bikes which should be available for everyone and facilitate roads for bikes. New cities should focus on a green future.
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I believe there should be investment from public and private sector for this purpose because public funding is not going to be enough to keep up with the amount of homes that need to be built. If we can manage to convince private sector investors to invest in building more social housing for the community and convince them they can get a profit from it we can have more social houses built. On the well-being matter we should look into having a non-profit organisation which the new migrants of the country can go to and seek support, guidance, encouragement and the facilities they need to start their new life in their new country. This organisation can also provide language assistance for those who struggle with the native language of the country. In addition, the organisation can also provide free fitness classes (for those who cannot afford to pay for classes otherwise just advice alone) and free fitness advice and also free healthcare advice and guidance. Encourage the appearance of community events and projects which allow both the youth and the elderly and the middle-aged etc. to come together and interact with one another.

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A way to further develop the life and future of sustainable cities would be to promote a mix of ecotourism and sustainable tourism. Ecotourism aims to develop the knowledge and leisure industry around small local cities, natural environment and wildlife. Yet even though this type of tourism has good intentions it has some rapid negative consequences on both local communities and the environment due to the rapid growth of this sector over the past few years. Sustainable cities are more incline on receiving massive ways of tourism and their sustainable approach can reduce the impact on the environment caused by tourism. Sustainable tourism is in itself related to sustainable cities. The aim is to visit places without having any negative impact on the environment. Thus sustainable cities could promote the green aspect and leisure aspect combined to be more attractive to masses of tourism. Yet if sustainable cities need to accept this role, the community needs to be developed to a maximum as mass sustainable tourism would require a large amount of control over every aspect of the leisure. The positive impact on sustainable cities would be a great rise in the city’s economy. Furthermore, the leisure industry requiring manpower would develop the city’s daily life with the creation of shops, restaurants and services. This could go from electric taxis or trams ensuring the traffic in the city to sustainable hotels on the model of the Hi Hotel in Nice for economic leisure or the Hotel Punta Islita, Costa Rica for luxury leisure, thus attracting a wide variety of tourist and further developing the city’s economy.
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I am an engineer student and I am writing my master thesis about a new system for driving cars. It is based on hydrogen produced splitting water into its primary components. It works, it is reliable and safe and in the short-term period can make conventional cars cleaner and in a further future it can be a good solution for only hydrogen fed vehicles. The company which is working on this technology is called Hydromoving. With this system, it will be cheaper having more public transports and reduce traffic in cities.
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A sustainable city would be full of vegetation and food growing in the streets, on the roofs and in all so far unused gardens. Transportation would be collective, ecological and free : bikes should be available in all cities and roads should be made for them. Public spaces should be many for people to encounter each other and build social, economical or artistic projects. Culture and nature should be at the core of the new cities.
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