[ Sustainable Systems ] Climate Change and Cities

Out of the chapters in this part of the reading, the one that caught my attention was chapter 7: Climate change and human health in cities.

This is a problem is one that is very close to my heart, as Indonesia is now ranked number 1 with the world’s most polluted air quality. “Current climate extremes and projections for future changes to climate have resulted in growing attention to the health effects of climate on all human populations, urban and rural.” (page 180) I can see the affects first hand on how bad climate change are affecting cities, like Jakarta.


The reading presented this chart, showcasing main drivers for cities – its health endpoint – and the impact it has on the cities. I completely agree with this, and many points mentioned in the readings. Climate change is an inevitable and urgent problem even without humans in the equation. I believe for cities like Indonesia, the people are not educated enough about climate change that they are not aware of it. Once they are aware of it, there is a lot that society can do to help prevent it.

1. Improving the monitoring and measurement of the city’s air quality.

2. Applying vehicle’s emissions test.

3. Increasing the role of society in improving air quality.

4. Developing environmentally friendly public transportation.

5. Supplying more eco-friendly sources of fuel.

6. Expanding areas free from motorized vehicles.

7. Improving traffic engineering.

8. Increasing the uses of bicycles.

9. Expanding the number of open green spaces.

10. Fixing and improving infrastructures or feeders that lead to public transports

11. Controlling the air quality of industrial activities.

12. Revising the regulation on air quality.

13. Increasing the number of “green-buildings”.

14. Better enforcement against violators.

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