do rural areas do anything to help the environment that cities can’t?



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    Absolutely. Rural areas have more space per resident on average to implement sustainable technologies. For instance, if you live in a house in the burbs, you can grow your own food (saving transportation emissions to ship food to you via your grocery store), install solar panels or windmills on or near your house), reroute your graywater (kitchen sink and shower left over water) into your garden to water your plants, hence saving on your water bill, and if electric/hybrid cars became more popular you’d have a place to plug them in!
    However, the largest emitter of greenhouse gases (which increase global warming) is the automobile. Rural residents must drive almost everywhere (job, school, market) since their daily needs are so geographically spread out. Here is a good article on the debate, but I think cities are still seen as the most sustainable.
    However, living in a city invites greater consumerism, which means transportation emissions to ship goods in and natural resource exploitation, so simply not having access to much shopping in rural areas helps the environment a lot! (That is, if you don’t go crazy with online shopping.)

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