Cape Town Included in World’s Top Ten Most Sustainable Cities

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Cape Town had been voted as one of the top 10 sustainable cities in the world and most likely to become a global sustainability center by 2020. The South African capital, known also ss the ‘Mother City’ is always looking at new and innovative technologies to create a more sustainable location. They began electricity from wind farms way back in 2008.

Cape Town won Africa’s Leading Destination Award two years in a row and continues to increase the number of tourists visiting it each year and it has been voted as one of the world’s best destinations.

The city is encouraging an idealistic outdoor lifestyle with investment in bike routes and its My CiTi rapid service to help people get around without a car and in an effort to reduce the cars, allows people to transport their bikes on buses for free. Many people have started to grow their own vegetables and make use of solar panels.

“In a world of increasing population pressures and depleting natural resources some cities, such as Cape Town, are proactively adjusting their practices today as well as implementing sustainable long-term practices,” said Ethisphere Institute executive director Alex Brigham.

Cape Town and Sustanability

“This entrenches Cape Town’s credentials as a beautiful, eco-friendly destination committed to solid planning and construction principles in both its lifestyle and business sectors,” said South African Tourism (SAT) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Moeketsi Mosola.

Mr Mosola also added that tourists are becoming more and more aware of sustainability and green tourism practices, and Cape Town boasts a large offering that is not only sustainable, but that are also increasingly mindful of the impact that humanity has on the planet.

Cape Town Sustainable City
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The city was also included in a list of the ‘20 cities of 2020’ by the Ethisphere Institute, a New York business ethics and social responsibility organization, that chose it as a ‘2020 Global Sustainability Centre’.

“In a world of increasing population pressures and depleting natural resources some cities, such as Cape Town, are proactively adjusting their practices today as well as implementing sustainable long-term practices,” said Alex Brigham, executive director of the Ethisphere Institute.

Cape Town focused not only on the environmental and sustainability practices but also on health and recreation; education; arts and culture; economic and business environment; regulatory framework; law enforcement and transparency; media and speech; transportation and housing and innovation and investment.

“Cape Town is synonymous with rolling waves, rocky shores, dolphins, whales, and sunsets on pristine beaches,” the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment Marian Nieuwoudt said.

South Africa is among the countries most affected by climate change, particularly drought and increased temperatures. The threat of Global warming has raised awareness about how our actions affect the environment and those around us. The country joined the Paris Climate Agreement and intends to have carbon-neutral electricity generation by 2050.

The City of Cape Town’s Economic, Social Development and Tourism Committee has adopted a Responsible Tourism Policy and Action Plan, which is the first of its kind in South Africa. The goal is to set the city as a leading tourism destination.

Cape Town was also named the world’s Earth Hour Capital in March 2014 by the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature). Cape Town demonstrates how city strategies to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change can also help other development priorities such as food, energy, and water security.”

Cape Town is truly an environmental example to follow for the rest of the developing world.

The number of tourists that are looking for closer interaction with the local people in the country they visit is growing and experience its real natural and cultural heritage.

People are becoming more and more aware of the impact of their travels and are beginning to take steps to reduce it in the places they visit.

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Main photo credit: SkyPixels / Wikipedia

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