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If you have been reading any newspaper, magazine or social media posts over the last few years, you should be familiar with environmental awareness. 

Let’s talk about what it means to be environmentally friendly and find out about the top five cities in the world that are exceeding in their efforts. 

What does it mean to be environmentally friendly?

Being environmentally friendly simply means that you keep a lifestyle that is not harmful to the environment. It might involve “green living”, where you live with an awareness towards the environment and its well-being.


Green footprints represent sustainable lifestyles.

What makes a city green?

Things like traffic, masses of people and air pollution are associated with cities. Green cities encourage and provide for the most sustainable lifestyles. They have an active approach towards addressing climate change and being environmentally friendly.

These cities might implement things such as recycling programs, bike lanes, community parks, and have water quality standards.


Green cities in the world include environmentally friendly lifestyles.

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Does your city help you to be environmentally friendly? Below we have listed the top five green cities in the world in 2020.

1) Copenhagen, Denmark

Denmark uses renewable resources to be environmentally friendly.

Original photo: Copenhagen Denmark Park” by 12019  is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

2) Amsterdam, Netherlands

Using bicycles is a way to have sustainable lifestyles.

Original photo: Motorcycle City Road” by Swaasfotografie  is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

  • The main form of transport in Amsterdam is cycling. This reduces pollution from motor vehicles. 
  • The city uses electric vehicles to reduce unwanted emissions. Many cities have electric vehicles, but Amsterdam takes a step further with its trains, buses and subways running on renewable energy.
  • Citizens are turning toward solar panels to generate renewable energy and the city aims for the number of households practising these sustainable lifestyles to grow by 92,000 in 2020. One way the city is doing this is by encouraging construction companies to build greener properties to secure land tenders.

3) Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm depends entirely on renewable energy.

Original photo: Stockholm Sweden City” by 12019 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

  • This Swedish city depends entirely on renewable resources for its energy.
  • Stockholm is the first city in Europe to become sustainable and won the European Green Capital Award in 2010 for its sustainable contributions toward the environment, and for its low impact on the climate.
  • Stockholm also won this year’s World Smart City Award out of 450 nominees from 54 countries worldwide. It was awarded this honour for sustainable development in energy usage, transport, and infrastructure.

4) Berlin, Germany

Sustainable lifestyles include recycling and reusing greywater to water gardens.

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5) Portland, Oregon

Portland is environmentally friendly by relying on public transport to cut down individual motor vehicle use.

Original photo: Train Portland ” by barrok58 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0



Although you might be green with envy after seeing how much these cities have accomplished, you could follow in their footsteps and implement some of their green strategies in your local community. Who knows, your city might show up on the “green list” in the near future!

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