Former Vice President Al Gore and Mexican President Felipe Calderon proposed a $90 trillion plan to redesign every city on earth so that motor vehicles would become obsolete due to more dense populations.
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Gore and Calderon announced the proposal with colleagues from The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate at the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland Wednesday, Business Insider reported. The conference – attended by some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the world – runs from Wednesday through Saturday.
Entitled Better Growth Better Climate, the report’s objective is to combat climate change. “The world is now experiencing a new, different type of urbanization,” according to the introduction.
By 2030, around 60 percent of the global population will live in urban areas. Cities and urban areas will house nearly all of the world’s net population growth over the next two decades. 1.4 million people are being added to urban areas each week, roughly the population of Stockholm [Sweden].
Calderon said these new, redesigned cities would not include the integration of automobiles, but rather more mass transit.
“We cannot have these cities with low density, designed for the use of cars,” he said. “We recommend those cities should have more density and more mass transportation.”
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Business Insider points out that one challenge to the achievement of this goal is that every single mayor in the world would have to be on board. “The mistake we made in Mexico was to let cities develop however they want, and it’s a mess,” the Mexican president explained to the publication. “It’s in [the mayors’] best interest not to” not to make that “mistake” again, he added.
h/t: Business Insider