It is quite natural that we all want to live in a healthy and clean environment, but unfortunately, our planet has been slowly turning into a giant garbage dump. If you read our article with these 25 Shocking Facts About Pollution or if you checked these 25 Shocking Pictures Of The Pollution In China, you probably caught a glimpse of the seriousness and scale of the burning environmental issues that our planet has been struggling with. While the overall score is undoubtedly sad, the good news is that there are still some places in the world that are clean, neat, and unpolluted. However, it usually takes more than just some governmental regulations and public notices to keep a city clean and tidy. It is also the duty of the locals to take part in the process and be as eco-friendly as possible. To show you some cities which have already succeeded in making their environment cleaner and their residents happier and healthier, we did a bit of a research on this topic and compiled a list with some of the cleanest cities in the world. From spotlessly clean and green Northern European cities such as Stockholm and Reykjavik to surprisingly clean cities in Africa and Asia, here are 25 Cleanest Cities In The World.
Another Nordic city on the list, Helsinki is the capital and largest city of Finland. Helsinki’s residents are committed to protecting the environment and keeping the streets clean and tidy. To cut the energy of the city to a minimum consumption, a complex system has even been designed to generate heat by electricity.
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
With a population of almost 340,000 people, Honolulu is the most remote major city in the world as the closest location on the mainland to it is the Point Arena Lighthouse in California at 3,800 km (2,360 mi). It might be due this extreme isolation that Honolulu (as well as the whole state of Hawaii) is one of the cleanest and greenest places in the world.
The capital of Denmark, Copenhagen is recognized as one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world. As a result of its commitment to high environmental standards, Copenhagen has been praised for its green economy, ranked as the top green city for the second time in the 2014 Global Green Economy Index. Substantial investments in sewage treatment have improved water quality in the harbor to an extent that it can be used for swimming.
Chicago, Illinois, USA
With over 2.7 million residents, Chicago is the third largest city in the USA but has a reputation of being a very clean and eco-friendly city. Chicago has planted over 186,000 sq m (2 million sq ft) of rooftop gardens throughout the city to improve the air quality, and it also encourages its residents to use public transport to reduce emissions.
The second biggest city in Germany, Hamburg has been praised for its environmental efforts for years. It has set itself a target of cutting CO2 emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Hamburg’s authorities also released details of plans to develop a “Green Network,” which would mean that people will no longer need to take to their cars to get around the city.