Today, the world celebrates the International Earth Day. This year's edition is dedicated to the theme of Green Cities, a concept strongly advocated by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) who we organize Horticultural Expos with.
With over 50% of the world population living in urban areas, the sustainable development of cities has become a pressing issue. We asked Tim Breiercliffe, Secretary General of the AIPH, to tell us about the organization's vision of the Green city concept and how horticulture can improve the quality of life and ecological footprint of cities.
In a few words :
The Green City concept, as seen by the AIPH, is about promoting the benefits of green planting in urban areas. There is scientific evidence that proves plants are good for human health but also for social well-being, environmental improvement and economic performance. In times of economic crisis however, urban greening tends to suffer from budget cuts. By advocating the Green City concept, the AIPH aims at getting it back on the national and international agendas. In this endeavour, Horticultural Expos are a very interesting tool as they can show, display and put into practice what a Green City can be.