Paris: will it be Europe’s greenest city by 2030?
Today, let’s talk about espaces verts! Do you know that Paris is at the forefront for sustainability and environmental issues?
The COP 21 (The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference) and the negotiated Paris Agreement on the reduction of climate change confirmed the city’s commitments for these sensitive topics. Basically, this treaty sets out a global framework to elude dangerous consequences by limiting global warming to well below 2°C and struggling to limit it to 1.5°C. Its purpose is also to strengthen countries’ ability to cope with the impacts of climate change and support them in their efforts.
Even though Paris does not have enough greenery if compared to other European cities, such as Vienna or Oslo, it is actually becoming more and more sustainable under its 2030 development plan. Would you believe that from 2024 all diesel cars will be prohibited from La Ville Lumière?
Green spaces and gardens in Paris
Since 2019, Parisians have started to enjoy more green spaces and gardens than ever before, as a result of the efforts of Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and her entourage.
Now it’s time to mention some of the best parks, one of them is undoubtedly Parc Monceau. Here we can find a melting pot of cultures, this fabulous park is teeming with elements coming from all parts of the globe, you will stumble upon a tiny Egyptian pyramid, as well as a Chinese fort and a Dutch windmill. Moreover, the park has an unusual English style, all these elements confirm the multicultural character of the city. Parc Monceau is also the best place for gluttonous people, at Maison Kayser, you will have the opportunity to sample the best baguettes of all the city!
Then we have Le Jardin des Tuileries: its gardens, which divide the Louvre from the Place de la Concorde, are a charming place to take a stroll for Parisians and tourists at the same time. At the end of February, the pink magnolia trees start to flower and set off spring in the Tuileries Garden.
This was about the already existing parks, but what about the new ones? The Tour Eiffel could just seem a mass of wrought iron, but do you know that the area around it will be turned into a wonderful park in order to gear up for the 2024 Olympic Games? Over 100 acres will be transformed into the largest public green space. The same will happen for The Place de la Concorde!
Furthermore, the Champs-Élysées will grow into an astonishing park as a result of a massive makeover.
All in the whole the city is really striving to reduce car use and is pushing people to walk and employ bikes, with the aim of reducing carbon emissions. By so doing, the famous Bois de Vincennes and the Bois de Boulogne won’t be the only city’s lungs anymore.
From now on, let’s visit Paris every year and see how the green spaces increase with the passing of time!