The world’s population is exploding.
By 2040, two in three people will live in cities, and the world’s urban population will grow from 3.5 billion to 5.6 billion. The number of “megacities” – urban areas with more than 10 million people – will also continue to explode, mainly in Asia, Latin America and Africa. (EMBARQ)
The reality? Infrastructure must keep pace with population growth, or serious quality of life issues will arise. Forum for the Future, a UK-based sustainable development organization, in collaboration with Vodafone, FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society, and EMBARQ, wants to help prepare communities and urban environments for the future. The project, appropriately named Megacities on the Move takes square aim at the challenge of urban mobility. How will people move? How will they do this without straining the planet? How do we plan with sustainability in mind? Provided below is a toolkit that takes a look at four scenarios in the year 2040. It is intended to encourage discussion, action, and stimulate positive urban growth.
Photo: Forum for the Future
The toolkit offers six recommendations for addressing our rapidly urbanizing world. One such point suggests that the poor must be made a priority. In short, opportunities must be available to all.
The County of Los Angeles, which includes the City of Los Angeles, the 11th most populated megacity, has seemingly heard this already. The Daily Breeze reports that the county plans to permanently house 18,000 homeless individuals by 2016. The article further adds that it would be 40% cheaper to house all of the county’s homeless (48,000) rather than leaving them on the streets.
Furthermore, in a recent post, a California Planning & Development Report blogger questions the divide between rich and poor in mega-cities, and suggests that it may be a pressing problem that needs further examination.
What are your recommendations?