Whilst the Danish capital prides itself on encouraging a green lifestyle, a parking lot is about to replace an urban rooftop farm in the heart of Copenhagen.
In 2012, the Copenhagen area Østerbro received the title of Copenhagen’s first climate-resilient
Instead of waiting for the politicians to take action, now is the time to look for local initiatives and improvements.
The glorious rooftop farm in summer. Photo: Østergro
The root to the riots
The irony of closing down one of the most climate-resilient initiatives in a climate-resilient neighborhood is almost too thick. The cars-before-climate attitude has generated a heated debate among the Copenhagen citizens and the removal of ØsterGro is the root to the riots. Instead of waiting for the politicians to take action, now is the time to look for local initiatives and improvements. Cars are going to be around, whether we like it or not – and honestly, sometimes I do like the benefits of having a car around – but there are ways to combine cars with ecofriendly intentions. In my opinion, making space for more cars is not one of them. By building more parking lots, people have more reason to own cars. So how can every individual help decrease the number of cars, whilst still having the benefits of a car once in a while? The answer could be found simply in sharing.
Cars will remain in the future
Looking forward, I don’t believe we are close to a future without any cars at all. I do believe, however, that the future of cars is going to look different. In the far future they might be vehicles that can fly and emit zero CO2 at the same time, but that is a different story. The near future is what is relevant and greener solutions for our everyday lives are not as daunting as they may seem. Sharing a car with your neighbors, friends or family or using one of the car sharing apps are all options worth checking out. In the perfect world, I believe that sustainable rooftop farming and occasional use of cars should and could go hand in hand.