Kudos to city dwellers! “The average New Yorker has a carbon footprint one-third the size of the average American,” Rohit “Rit” Aggarwala, former special advisor to C40 Cities Chief and to then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, recently told genConnect.
Watch Aggarwala, currently a Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs to Columbia University, talk about how you can reduce your footprint, wherever you live:
WATCH: ‘A Tremendous Set’ of Environmental Challenges
Cities face their own set of environmental challenges, Aggarwala said, but they are aware that “the environment, public health and quality of life actually work perfectly together just as a kind of triple bottom-line definition of sustainability.”
The C40 group, a Climate Leadership Group comprised of 59 worldwide cities working together on climate change, notes that cities aren’t doing it perfectly as they must overcome water supply and public waste hurdles. However, if cities “make progress on any of those, there is usually a climate change benefit,” Aggarwala said. “Your carbon emission will decrease; your carbon footprint will decrease.”
So if you live in a city, you already are doing a little bit of good for the environment. But if you want to do even more, “live closer to your job or public transportation,” Aggarwala said. “How you use transportation is the biggest contribution.”
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