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Netherlands: Building Liveable Cities

Netherlands: Building Liveable Cities

Building Liveable Cities

Before cities existed humans led very tough lives. They lived mainly in caves. They had to hunt animals and forage (or find) plants and other food to eat.

Then about 10,000 years ago, humans began growing plants and raising animals. This allowed larger groups of people to settle together and help each other with their basic needs. Soon, farmers provided food and other people could practice trades, such as blacksmith, weaver, potter, and carpenter. This system worked so well that small villages began to grow larger and larger, and – you guessed it – developed into cities! This all happened in Mesopotamia between 4000 and 3000 BCE.

Located in the Middle East around the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, Mesopotamia was the location of the first city in the world!

Today, more than half of the world lives in cities. Many of these cities have over one million people! In the next 20-30 years, it is believed that more than 2.5 BILLION more people will be living in cities. Think about how much food and water ALL those people will need to eat and drink. Think about how many apartments they will need to live in, and how much energy they will use. And, what we will do with all of their garbage? Yikes! Those are big problems but luckily, there are many experts working on the case!

Amsterdam is a city that already has some awesome solutions in action! For example, nearly everybody in Amsterdam rides bikes rather than drives cars. There are bike lanes and strict rules that make it possible for everyone to get quickly and safely where they need to go. That saves on fuel (not to mention that the exercise is so good for you)!

Besides Amsterdam, there are plenty of other cities with excellent solutions to the problems of city living… but there’s always a need for new ideas. How would you make a city a better place to live?

Jenny

 
Netherlands: The Dutch & Water

Netherlands: The Dutch & Water

Destination: Singapore

Destination: Singapore

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