As global population rates continue to increase and the demand to achieve quality of life goals becomes a necessity, living sustainably in the future poses a challenge. The UN Sustainable Development Goals projects that by 2030, 6 out of 10 individuals will be inhabiting cities or urban centers. This change would require a focus on how technology can help build well-managed cities anchored on green practices and emitting less carbon-footprint
The good news is, technological advancements have made it possible for communities to take that step toward sustainability.
Smart Sustainable Cities
The vision of building smart connected cities is tied in with sustainable development. As land becomes a precious resource, it ushers in a need to build interconnected cities that maximize water and space and other resources. As an example, Singapore, a city of skyscrapers, has invested in technology in its bid to become a smart nation. Over the years, the government has deployed sensors to monitor streets and integrated an advanced island-wide fiber optic infrastructure that produces one of the fastest internet connections in the world.
Technology has also brought improvements in renewable energy generation, allowing more communities to harness solar, water, wind, and other green sources of power. One of the cornerstones of sustainability is clean energy. In the past, countries have utilized fossil fuel to power homes and businesses but as sustainability becomes the goal, renewable technology has been tapped for this purpose.
Comprehensive Health Care
Healthcare access is also a key component of sustainability, With more communities now getting connected to the internet, even locations without specialized healthcare can secure medical assistance through telemedicine. Just recently, a new portable telemedicine platform introduced by NATO expanded its purpose into addressing immediate needs during disaster and emergencies.
Access to Education
Technology also made it possible for communities to access educational opportunities through online learning platforms. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have enabled students from developing countries to gain technical skills through self-study.
Through technology, transportation options have become greener over the years. In fact, this has become one of the core sustainability goals in communities all over the world, with hybrid and electric cars now being used with advancements in fuel cell technology.
Technology has contributed to achieving food sustainability, an important goal for the preservation of communities. Smart agriculture is now practiced in many countries, which involves utilization of advanced GPS to monitor agricultural growth and yield. Modern climate-controlled greenhouses also ensure food availability even in extremely low or high-temperature conditions. New disease and pest-resistant strains of various agricultural products have also been introduced through advanced technology.