Cities Around the World are Fighting Climate Change With Public Transit. Here’s How.

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Getting around town is getting a whole lot greener. Cities across the globe are starting to take steps toward reversing climate change, and they’re focusing many of these efforts on updating their public transit systems and providing more eco-friendly ways for residents to get around. This is an important step — according to the United Nations, “cities are major contributors to climate change” that “consume 78% of the world’s energy and produce more than 60% of greenhouse gas emissions.” When cities start to make changes that limit their greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on fossil fuels, these shifts can have a big (and positive) impact on climate change.

More than half of the world’s population lives in cities, and traveling around in these urban areas while going about daily life is one of the main sources of pollution on Earth. That’s one big reason why cities across the globe are taking the initiative to make their public transit systems more sustainable and developed — but also less reliant on fossil fuels. These efforts have the potential to improve daily life for millions of people while helping the planet at the same time. From Bogotá to Bergen, these are some of the innovative ways cities are rethinking transportation to make the world a healthier place.