10 sustainability trends for the next decade
While we can’t be certain of the environmental events that will transpire over the next decade, we can be sure that 2010 through 2020 will one day be regarded as either 1. the turning point for addressing climate change by using effective urban management strategies, or 2. that time we collectively fumbled the big blue ball. Here are the ten sustainability trends we will likely see in the next decade.
1. Bike culture 2.0. Bicycles are quickly becoming a potent alternative method of transportation worldwide. Look out for businesses (both corporate and commercial) introducing indoor bicycle parking and bicycle parking garages.
5. The implementation of carbon taxes. Carbon taxes have been proposed for oil, natural gas and coal by many as a way to adjust former so-called market “externalities,” or impacts beyond classically defined air pollution, which now includes greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. A handful of nations have some form of carbon tax, mostly in Scandinavia. On the sub-national level, British Columbia and the San Francisco Bay Area recently proposed some form of the tax. Costs for carbon taxes can be passed on to consumers directly, or they could be levied on industry, which would likely cause manufacturing and operating costs to be wholly or partially passed onto consumers.
Show your Mother (Earth) some respect.
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