Greener urban areas


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By 2050, approx. 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas, making it more and more important to integrate urban and green living spaces and create natural landscapes in towns and cities in order to improve the residents’ quality of life and tackle climate change.

The growing number of urban dwellers increases demand for housing; it has to be built, so green spaces shrink. Due to increased development and intensive use by humans as well as climate change, many residential areas have high concentrations of pollutants, low humidity and extreme temperatures.

When architects, city planners and landscape architects work with biologists, sociologists and ecologists, the outcome can be new ideas and concepts, which make towns and cities greener for all.

Green open spaces, “greened” buildings as well as greater incorporation of renewable energies and the promotion of biodiversity are important factors. For example, parks are not just part of the urban “green lung” – they are meeting spaces or somewhere to relax and unwind. “Greened” facades or roofs not only mitigate the effects of climate change but provide something different of interest to look at.

  • Artist Ben Carter, who lives in Luxembourg, uses his works to foster an appreciation of the natural environment: “Art can be a powerful instrument to raise awareness for these serious topics in a creative and vivid fashion.”
  • Photo: Blingbling (L)
  • Illustration: Ben Carter (L)
  • Layout: Fargo sàrl
  • Printing: Multicoloured high-resolution offset by Bpost Stamps Factory, Malines (B)
  • Dimensions: 38,15 x 48,75 mm
  • 10 stamps per sheet
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