Whilst more of us are now realising the benefits of implementing an eco-friendly & sustainable lifestyle a few selected cities are way ahead; one of Britain’s cities is in the list!!
While one person going green doesn’t make much of a difference, there are whole countries and cities that have upped their efforts in order to reduce their impact on the environment.Maybe this is because they are witnessing the environmental impact first hand.
Some of these European cities have been awarded with the ECG (European Green Capital), this award recognises cities that have used cutting edge solutions to reduce their environmental footprint. If you’re considering a European weekend city break where biking everywhere is the norm, recycling every possible item is an expectation and tucking into organic food is encouraged then you should definitely be considering the cities in this list.
Out of roughly 75,000 residents, 75% of them own at least one bicycle, making it the most common mode of transportation within the city limits. With its winding canals, townhouses and narrow streets, biking around the city has been an indispensable part of Amsterdam’s culture for decades.
WHEYYY!! Told you we were on the list! Bristol is the ninth largest city in the UK, although modest in its size, it has some real dedication when it comes to developing sustainable initiatives. According to the EU, Bristol proportionally has the most green park spaces in the UK, with over 450 parks!
Renowned for its stunning architecture much of which was designed by famed native son Antonio Gaudí, Barcelona’s economical network of metro, trams, funiculars and buses limits the need to own a car. Hence their overall carbon and greenhouse gas emissions are significantly reduced.
Copenhagen boasts some of the cleanest waters in Europe, where both residents and visitors can dive in for a swim without the likelihood of bumping into floating crisp packets and coke cans. With an enormous offshore wind farm and an excellent public transport system, Copenhagen is an obvious choice for green travelers; as well as boasting the worlds first carbon neutral theme park!
Germany’s second largest city and recognised as the 2011 European Green capital it lies along the Elbe river and boasts a viable port that’s crucial to the country’s economy. If you’re in town on a Sunday you might be lucky enough to be there on a car-less Sunday, held several times a year when the city is graced with free public transport, or you could take advantage of the city’s free bike hire scheme. If you need a speedier form of transportation be sure to hop on the S-bahn it is powered entirely from renewable sources.
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