Recent Blog Entries: Livable Cities
It will come as no great surprise that city living presents enormous challenges for encouraging healthy behaviours. Foods that are high in sugar, fat and salt and low in nutrients are seemingly available on every street corner.
My colleagues at Work for a Better Bangladesh have created a video about walking—and the involvement of young people in creating better pedestrian environments. HealthBridge partners around the world are supporting this movement.
We can create better cities. We can invite and celebrate diversity. Watch the video below.
The list of benefits was so long that my eyes started to glaze over. Green roofs would mean cooler buildings, helping to reduce the urban heat island effect. People would have the opportunity to come into more contact with greenery and living things; their stress would thus decline.
Having grown up enjoying the beauty of Western Ghats in a small town of South India, moving to a highly dense city like Dhaka was a huge challenge. In contrast to the morning fog, roads meandering between the hills, coffee orchards and chirping birds, in the city lives were constrained and controlled by technology and machines.
The more space we give to cars, the more we demand. Instead let's return some space to people!
People make cities great, but what if people have grown hopelessly boring?
Students, NGOs, institutes, and media: working together, can we solve some of Dhaka's endless traffic problems?
Sometimes we can move from complaint to action...and create a small but important improvement.