Here's how Medellín's Green Corridors Project is helping the city to control rising heat levels
Colombia’s second-largest city – Medellín, turned to nature-based solutions to tackle the rising urban heat levels. The city faced the urban heat island effect, as the concrete and asphalt infrastructures kept the city warm by absorbing and radiating the sun’s energy.
To deal with such elevating temperatures, the city officials decided to increase their town’s green cover. As a result, Medellín’s Green Corridors Project came into action. Through the initiative, the city turned 18 streets and 12 waterways into mini forests. They converted several isolated dumping areas into beautiful gardens. The community cherishes and voluntarily looks after the gardens.
The afforestation helped the city to reduce its temperature by 2 degrees! Moreover, the natural cooling effect of these 30 Green Corridors introduced bees and birds back to the city.
These are actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems, that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits.
– The International Union of Nature Conservation
Medellín’s Green Corridors project, promoting green infrastructures, is an excellent example that proves adaptation to and mitigating climate change is possible. All we need to do is to live in harmony with our natural world. A sustainable world would not be a pipe dream if only we decide to listen to nature.