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In Zack’s post, he mainly discussed the relationship between the number of motor vehicles and the air pollution. The graph in his blog show that with the increase of vehicle ownership, the air pollution and the climate changed a lot which may damage people’s health. Then he holds the view that planning more green space is an efficient way to reduce this phenomenon. Because this green space can not only absorbing the bad element within the air, but also can provide much public space for social activities, so that people can be encouraged to communicated with each other. With all above, Zack stated that urban needs more green space.

I really agree with him about increasing green space to reduce the air pollution and encourage social activities. As Kane mentioned, there will be much more evidence to show the importance of green space. In his paper, he mainly discussed about “the economic benefit, importance to the quality of life, health and for environmental sustainability.”(Kane, 2017)

  • Economic benefit

There is a research about the Fife Coast and Countryside Trust’s green space. The Data shows that the coastal path can make a profit about 24 million pounds to the Fife economy.

  • The quality of life

As Zack mentioned before, green space can produce much space for social activities. In addition, over 95% per cent of people hold the view that it is of great importance to have green space near to the place they live. (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Environment Statistics and Indicators Division, Energy Saving Trust, TNS Social Research, 2010)

Fig 1: Chinese women engaging in fitness dancing in the Summer Palace grounds

  • Environmental sustainability

There was a study being done in Stockholm, Sweden. This study found that establishing green corridors can be a acted “as a refuge for threatened species of bird whose numbers had been decreasing in rural areas.” (Mortberg,2000)

To sum up, creating green space can bring a lot of positive impact during the urban planning, and we should pay more attention on it.

Reference:

  1. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Environment Statistics and Indicators Division, Energy Saving Trust, TNS Social Research. (2010). Survey of Public Attitudes and Behaviours toward the Environment, 2009. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 6366, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-6366-1
  2. Kane,K (2017). fifedirect – Parks, gardens and open spaces – The importance of greenspace. [online] Available at: http://www.fife.gov.uk/topics/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.display&p2sid=818A9B8E-C4C6-7C01-FB9E9DF521D36BD5&themeid=98A56687-9A34-4494-A43C-68E07CCAE64E#_ftn4 [Accessed 23 Jan. 2017].
  3. Mortberg, U. and H. G. Wallentinus (2000). “Red-listed forest bird species in an urban environment – assessment of green space corridors.” Landscape and Urban Planning 50(4): 215-226.

Image Reference:

Figure 1: Chinese women engaging in fitness dancing in the Summer Palace grounds. taken from: https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Chinese_fitness_dancing_in_Yiheyuan.JPG

 

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