We are at the beginning of the twenty-first century and a witness to the evolution of technology. Along with this, our lifestyles have changed now more than ever, as consumer and workplace culture is on the rise. With our lives becoming busy and more complex, it is no wonder that our environments are becoming complex too, as per our the desire to fulfil all our needs. Our needs have also mixed up with our wants, we don't always need what we want and that has led to the desire of living a luxurious life, at the expense of our beloved planet.
We look up to metropolitans and big cities to provide us with jobs and a healthy, luxurious lifestyle. We want the best means of transportation, the best waste management system, the best electricity services, and so on. Living in an urban society has a long list of pros, but it also has its cons. With the rise of the global population and an expected figure of 2 out of 3 people in the world to be living in cities by 2050, there is no doubt that we are also over-consuming Earth's resources.
More population growth and people living in the cities means there will be more use of smoke-emitting vehicles, more human waste, more visual pollution and the sort. Seeking an urban revolution has also led to deforestation and the killing of many creatures, plants and animals alike. It is no wonder, then, that climate change is becoming an issue of global emergency since this craze of urban 'freedom' is prevailing all over the world.
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To tackle all these problems, the concept of smart cities has been introduced. Like the word implies, a smart city makes use of all the data within a city, such as the weather, traffic, energy utilization, infrastructure etc. This is done in real-time to ensure the best modern urban living environment. The infographic below will further explain to you how a smart city works.
Infographic by: BigRentz