Former US vice president Al Gore has revealed a $90 trillion (£59.6 trillion) plan to cut deforestation to zero and eradicate the need for cars in the world’s cities.
Working with former president of Mexico Felipe Calderon and the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, they argue that redesigning all of the world’s cities so people live in more densely packed neighbourhoods could save the planet.
Outlining their plan in Davos at the World Economic Forum this month, the pair claim that around $90 trillion is set to be spent on infrastructure investment in the coming years anyway.
Speaking to Business Insider, Mr Calderon said: “We cannot have these cities with low density, designed for the use of cars. We recommend those cities should have more density and more mass transportation.”
By reforming land use, Mr Calderon stated that it would be possible to bring deforestation down to zero, which would have a major impact on climate change around the world.
“The mistake we made in Mexico was to let cities develop however they want, and it’s a mess,” said Mr Calderon, who noted one of the key challenges would be to persuade city mayors that the new way of designing cities is beneficial for everyone.
According to the New Climate Economy, fewer than 500 cities are set to account for more than 60 per cent of global income growth and half of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions growth between now and 2030.
Companies such as Greenwood Management realise how important it is to protect the world’s forests and they are working together to ensure they are preserved and safeguarded against excessive levels of deforestation.