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Bogotá, Columbia, Building a sustainable transport system. This video explains how the Mayor of Bogotá decided to invest public funds in a new rapid bus system and pedestrian areas rather than building new roads.
Enrique Peñalosa, the former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, transformed one of the world's most chaotic cities into a model of civic-minded and sustainable urban planning. He reformed public transportation, added greenways, built mega-libraries and created the longest stretch of bike-only lanes in the world. But along the way, he met tremendous opposition from the very people he was attempting to help.
As of 2008, cities were responsible for about 80% of greenhouse gas emissions and consumed roughly 75% of the world's energy. Given that half of humanity lives in cities and that number is expected to grow to two-thirds by the year 2030, local policymakers in cities have a unique opportunity to affect the global climate crisis for better or worse. Ken Livingston, the first directly elected mayor of London, has taken advantage of that opportunity to institute a number of policies that respond to London's growth while also improving its livability.