Sustainable living: rethinking our roads
In 10 to 20 years we'll have to redesign our cities, especially the roads, whether we like it or not. We also need to look at the way we live.
High petrol and food prices will force us to drive less, and we'll find it harder to afford food. In response, we'll grow more food where we live and work, even on our roads.
But we've accidentally built our cities to heat up more than is normal. Their design will make them hotter still in the ever hotter weather. Growing plants and food will become more difficult in these too-hot cities. So our daily need for food will become as challenging as it was for our parents' parents in the Great Depression of the 1930s.
But from little things big things may grow. This is the story of two small beginnings which offer solutions for our cities of the future.
In 1996, our family renovated a little inner city terrace. We disconnected mains water and sewer and put up solar panels...Read the full article here.
Article by Michael Mobbs as part of Shaping our Future Ideas to Change a Century series.
This series by The Australian will examine the challenges and opportunities of the coming decades.
Over eight weeks the series will explore many of the issues central to our future by asking some of the nation’s key thinkers to explain where the focus of society and policymakers should be.
- John Alexander MP, Co-chair sustainable cities taskforce
- Jessica Brown, Research Fellow CIS
- Allan Jones, Chief Development Officer,
- Michael Mobbs Leading Sustainability Expert
- John Hawkins, IBM Intelligent Transport Systems