Planting urban gardens, using straw and mud as building materials, riding bicycles – these were among the proposals featured during a panel discussion in Zagreb aimed at identifying ways in which individuals can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create low-carbon cities.
How will life in cities be affected by climate change and what we can do as individuals to mitigate and adapt to these changes? These questions formed the central topic of a panel discussion held in Zagreb involving a variety of experts—including sociologists, urban planners and energy experts—organized as part of Zagreb Energy Week on 12-17 May 2014. The aim of the discussion was to highlight different initiatives and ways in which individuals can contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions and help achieve low-carbon cities.
“The transition to a low-carbon development is not an option but an inevitable sequence of events and the speed of this transition is of great importance for protection from the effects of climate change,” said Zoran Skala, senior advisor from the Institute for Physical Planning.