Accounting for the needs and best interests of children in city planning and ecosystem creation, would ensure friendly environment for our children. Such a paradigm change would contribute to reducing social tensions, healthier life-styles and greater opportunities for development.
With few notable exceptions, most cities – particularly large ones – are not built for children. Their playgrounds are squeezed in the existing infrastructure, they have limited ability to commute between communities, protection of social or environmental hazards is quite limited, and access to educational facilities is often difficult. Combine this with demise of traditional family structure and the need to work for many parents, and we get a challenging if not hostile environment for our children.
But the trend to change the situation is taking hold, starting from the more developed countries. More stringent environmental regulations, legislative requirements for children’s access to different facilities, and most importantly, the change in the very mentality of city planners and leading corporations, are already bearing fruit in more and more urban communities.
Generation 2030 is searching for the best examples of responsible and child-centered approaches to city planning and development, to share them with policy-makers and businesses in areas where this approach is only taking root.