Life should be rich, enjoyable and fulfilling. Many people think that reducing our carbon footprint also means reducing our quality of life, but the facts do not support this. While some compromises may be required, overall we can lower our emissions while maintaining or even enhancing our wellbeing.
All over the world people and cities are joining the global transition towards embracing low carbon living and lifestyles. Achieving this, however, requires a joint effort from individuals, businesses, institutions, communities and governments at different levels.
The very first example is provided by Malmö, a city of around 300,000 inhabitants in southeast Sweden that has the world’s first carbon neutral neighbourhood. Formerly a shipyard, this area – called Western Harbour – has been transformed from an industrial wasteland to an eco-district, and acts as a great example of sustainable living.