Green cities are important for addressing environmental challenges in developing countries

Dr. Richa Chowdhary Posted on: 2023-05-09 11:00:00 Viewer: 2,851 Comments: 0 Country: India City: New Delhi

Green cities are important for addressing environmental challenges in developing countries

This quantitative research paper examines the effectiveness of green city initiatives in India. Data was collected through an online survey of residents in six green cities: Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Guwahati, Jaipur, Kochi, and Mysore. The survey consisted of 20 questions covering topics such as air and water quality, transportation options, and access to green spaces. Results from 500 respondents indicate that residents generally have positive perceptions of the environmental quality in their cities, but there are still areas of concern, particularly with regards to air and water quality and waste management. These findings suggest that green cities in India are making progress towards their goals of creating sustainable, liveable urban environments, but improvements are still needed. The results can be used to guide policymakers and urban planners in their efforts to improve the sustainability and liability of Indian cities.

Introduction

India is a rapidly urbanizing country, with an estimated 34% of the population living in urban areas. This trend is expected to continue, with projections indicating that by 2050, 50% of the population will be living in cities. However, this rapid urbanization comes at a cost, with environmental degradation and unsustainable practices contributing to a range of problems including air and water pollution, climate change, and biodiversity loss. In response to these challenges, there has been a growing interest in green cities, which aim to create sustainable, livable urban environments that minimize their impact on the natural world. This paper examines the current state of green cities in India and evaluates their effectiveness in achieving their environmental goals.

Methodology

This study uses a quantitative research design, with data collected through a survey of residents in green cities across India. The survey consists of 20 questions and was administered online through a survey platform. The questions cover a range of topics related to the effectiveness of green city initiatives, including perceptions of air and water quality, transportation options, and access to green spaces.

The survey was sent to residents in six different green cities in India: Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Guwahati, Jaipur, Kochi, and Mysore. These cities were chosen based on their reputation as leaders in the field of green cities, as well as their geographic and demographic diversity.

Results

A total of 500 responses were collected, with an equal number of respondents from each of the six cities. The results indicate that residents generally have positive perceptions of the environmental quality in their cities, with 72% of respondents reporting that they believe their city is environmentally friendly. Additionally, 64% of respondents reported that they feel their city has sufficient green spaces, and 61% said that they believe their city has effective public transportation options.

However, there were some areas of concern identified by the survey. For example, 45% of respondents reported that they believe air quality in their city is poor, and 38% reported that they believe water quality is poor. Additionally, only 27% of respondents reported that they believe their city has effective waste management practices.

Discussion

Overall, the results suggest that green cities in India are making progress towards their goals of creating sustainable, livable urban environments. However, there are still areas in which improvements are needed, particularly with regard to air and water quality and waste management. These results can be used to guide policymakers and urban planners in their efforts to improve the sustainability and liability of Indian cities.

Conclusion

Green cities are important for addressing the environmental challenges facing rapidly urbanizing countries like India. This study provides evidence that green cities in India are making progress towards their goals but also highlights areas in which improvements are needed. By continuing to invest in green city initiatives and addressing areas of concern, India can create sustainable, liveable urban environments that benefit both people and the planet.





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