Research conducted by the United Nation Development Programme suggests that an estimated 6.5 billion people are expected to live in cities. Sustainable communities are a futuristic vision of living standards that meet diverse requirements of the residents and the ecosystem, with the primary objective to preserve the environment and contribute to a better lifestyle. Like any transition, the concept of sustainable communities focuses on long-term solutions – anticipating and adapting to changes presented to us in the current volatile landscape. The most important takeaway is to ensure all necessities are addressed, while simultaneously preserving resources for future generations.
Our life and survival are dependent on the various natural resources that we have been blessed with. As per UN findings, in recent years, resource extraction has more than tripled, with a 45% increase in fossil fuel use since 1970¹. The same study also points out that if the global population were to grow as predicted, i.e. reaching 9.6 billion by 2050, we could require the equivalent of almost three planets to provide the natural resources needed to sustain current lifestyles.