Livable Cities & Food

“Many cities are developing climate action plans. These plans typically have parallel goals of mitigation and adaptation: to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and move toward climate neutrality in order to help reduce the severity of climate change, and to prepare for responding to changes that are now inevitable.”

(Robertson, 2017)

The world is recognizing the climate change and developing action plans to help sustain the earth.

Many states have shared comprehensive action plans to address the climate change in their particular state. Florida does have a plan that outlines how they are going to address the climate change problem. The link below is the document that tells Florida’s target emission level, factors with climate change, what they are doing to help climate change and more details and facts.

Florida’s Climate Change plan: http://www.naseo.org/Data/Sites/1/documents/stateenergyplans/FL_2008.pdf

If you are a local in Florida, the document is extremely informative to see that the state we live in cares for our environment and the planet that we live on. Also the document helps to see where we stand as a state when it comes to taking steps forward to create a cleaner air environment.

The illustration below shows the effect of possible green house gas mitigation tactics if the global carbon emissions are reduced with the proper techniques.

https://www.pnas.org/content/114/44/11645

“Transportation is fundamental to any discussion of sustainability. It uses over a quarter of all energy consumed, is responsible for almost a quarter of all greenhouse gases emitted (IPCC 2014c, 603), and plays an integral role in determining development patterns and the livability of cities.”

(Robertson, 2017)

Transportation is one of the biggest sources of green house gas pollution. Car pooling or taking proper transit to destinations are a couple ways to cut down on the emissions produced when driving a car. There have been some inventions of cars which use little gas, to assist with the reduction of the carbon footprint. Cars such as Tesla’s have been designed to operate off of a battery. Cars that run off a rechargeable battery give of very little to no emissions since no fossil fuels are being used.

The picture that I have added below shows a car using a charging station. Charging stations such as the one pictured are in many of the big cities such as California. The charging stations are found in parking garages and parking lots. This is an extreme technology advantage.

https://www.nj.gov/dep/newsrel/2018/18_0108.htm

“So far, humans as a whole do not take a sustainable approach to producing food. In the course of producing our food we put chemicals into the air, water, and soil faster than the capacity of natural systems to process them. Overfishing has led to the collapse of marine fisheries. We take more fish, water, forest, and topsoil than nature can replenish within time scales that are relevant for humans. Our food systems have overshot the planet’s carrying capacity. “

(Robertson, 2017)

The food that we eat from grocery stores and restaurants is not the same quality of food that was consumed back in the day when there was no supermarkets to get chicken from. When you purchase food from a grocery store you have no idea about the product, especially if it is some kind of meat. For example: Growth hormones are fed to many chickens to help them grow bigger and faster for a more sped up process for human consumption. Similar effects happen to cows that are producing milk.

The illustrations below show the more rapid speed of how the chickens are gaining weight. These effects are harmful to humans when consumed. There is said to also be a taste different between chicken was fed growth hormones compared to the chickens that are naturally healthy. The chickens with grown hormones are said to be more chewy and gummy.

https://thetruthaboutag.com/2014/11/13/the-truth-about-hormone-free-chickens/
https://www.wsj.com/articles/bigger-chickens-bring-a-tough-new-problem-woody-breast-1459207291

APA (American Psychological Assoc.)
Robertson, M. (2017). Sustainability Principles and Practice. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

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