Two very important aspects of our lives are in danger of being harmed or collapsing. The worst thing about it is that people are often mistaken in believing that having healthy economy somehow excludes the possibility of maintaining a sustainable nature, and vice versa.
The idea that taking care of nature is somehow bad for the economy is something that we are trying to overcome nowadays, especially because we learn a lot about their connection and possibilities for them to support each other. It is something we see every day in construction, development of renewable energy and other areas.
In light of this new perspective, it is important to ask what we are doing and what we can do to make both economy and nature thrive.
Up until recently, the global decision-makers were willing to maintain status quo when it comes to renewable energy sources, but it seems that they cannot fight the natural order of things. Humanity is turning more and more towards solar power, recycling and reusing, which are all clues to energy being available to everyone. This transition can be accelerated by increasing the price of carbon-based energy in a way that includes the costs of the damage it can inflict on the environment.
Cities that make a difference
Some changes go bigger than big buildings by encompassing entire cities, which are a true inspiration for the greener future. Abu Dhabi is a city pioneer which is working on growing into the first carbon-neutral city in the world. The plan includes recycling 80% of all water and banishing gas-powered cars. This is something that can make a difference and propel the entire region, and why not, even the world towards a more sustainable future. In Amsterdam, on the other hand, there are some ideas about developing an underwater city, while in Venice we could encounter chemically-engineered building materials (e.g., synthetic limestone reefs).
Alternatives to the devastation of nature
Depleting the forests for production of furniture, paper and construction needs has already cost us a lot. This is certainly one of the reasons behind increased temperatures, climate change, storms, floods, hurricanes and other things which are, in fact, very damaging for the economy. Such conditions can also cause population from rural areas to move to the cities, leading to intensified carbon emissions, due to more people utilizing public transport, using more appliances and consuming more goods. Alternatives to cutting down the forests lie in reforesting the lands, using sustainable materials (reclaimed wood, bamboo, cork, etc.).