Canadian Innovation Lags

The idea that suburban sprawl is a major contributing factor to the size of our carbon footprints (and climate change overall) is new: these images are a fascinating look into just how much municipal planning visions and implementations differ between North American and European cities. The photo series, commissioned by Yale 360, also shows the rise of renewable energy production in Europe, and how the control of sprawl allows for more solar and wind farms close to cities that rely on their energy output the most. Integrated pedestrian and bike paths, along with well-planned public transit options, allow European citizens to navigate amenities and their commutes using several greener options than are available to the average North American. Actions such as supporting the implementation of urban infill development, and the championing of green transportation in our cities, like Vancouver's new goals,  are steps Canadian governments can all take to ensure Canada is not left in the dust.

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