Cities at the crossroads of consumption and sustainability

For centuries, cities have inspired architects and planners, dreamers and poets, the rich and the poor, and today they are enjoying a resurgence that beckons youth, the middle class and retirees alike to their culture. But growing urbanization marks a new era at the complex intersection of economics, history and culture of the 21st century – one overlaid by a global climate crisis that requires a rethinking of policies and practices of the past, according to the National Resources Defense Council. But if cities are part of the global climate-change problem, they are also at the heart of the solution. In the United States, for example, more than 25 cities in 17 states, with populations totaling more than 5 million, have adopted resolutions that will enable them to get 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar—with Atlanta being among the latest and leading the South.

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