Urban Living

Africa’s population is growing fast. More and more people are being born, and more and more are surviving to adulthood. In twenty years, there may be twice as many people in Africa as there are today. Of Africa’s 810 million people, there are already 300 million people living in cities, and Africa’s cities are growing faster than anywhere else in the world. City living may be the future for mankind, but it can be a tough life. All cities have dangerous areas, which are overcrowded and ugly, with dirty air and water. Over 70% of Africa’s city dwellers live in slums or shanty towns. With so many people trying to live in the same area, jobs are not easy to find and there are high demands for basic facilities like water supplies and waste disposal. Meanwhile, cities act like a drain on the resources of the local area, giving little in return. The food and fuel that feed a city, not to mention all the imported and factory produced goods that are available, have often travelled a long way, in diesel trucks, in ships, or even aeroplanes.



Good, Bad City

The challenges of urban living include getting enough clean water, fresh food and sustainable energy whilst finding safe and efficient ways to deal with the waste produced by millions of people. In this topic, you will find examples from cities across Africa where people are successfully improving their lives by recycling rubbish, regenerating wasteland, and making city living healthier.

Urban Living
 

DOWNLOAD: EXCERPTS FROM AFRICA OUR HOME

Excerpts from Africa Our Home Good city bad city (page 178-179)
Excerpts from Africa Our Home Shopping bag stories (page 180-183)


DOWNLOAD URBAN LIVING ACTION SHEETS

PACE Action Sheets
Reduce, Re-use, Recycle PACE Action Sheets Fuel Briquettes
PACE Action Sheets Paper Saving for Offices PACE Action Sheets Permaculture
PACE Action Sheets Papier Mache PACE Action Sheets Sanitation in the City
PACE Action Sheets The Plastic Bag Problem PACE Action Sheets Cleaning Chemicals – Impacts and Alternatives
PACE Action Sheets Growing Vegetables in the City    


DOWNLOAD URBAN LIVING ACTIVITY

Educational Activities ACTIVITY FOR EDUCATORS


DOWNLOAD: URBAN LIVING DIRECTORY

For further details of helpful organisations listed in the Action Sheets download the PACE DIRECTORY.



Urban Living films are available from PACE, pace@siren.org.uk. The following are the sections of the DVD which are applicable to this topic:
Movie
RECYCLING RUBBISH - City Garbage recyclers, Kenya
www.gaia-movement.org
www.formatkenya.org/ormbook/Chapters/chapter15.htm
Movie URBAN GREENING - SESHO - Soweto Epilepsy Self Help Organisation, South Africa
www.southafrica.info/ess_info/sa_glance/sustainable/wsfoodtrees.htm
Movie RECYCLING PLASTIC - So Afri Eco Women’s Group, South Africa
www.abc.net.au/science/features/bags/default.htm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/2310657.stm
Movie ECOSAN TOILETS - EEPCO, Tanzania
Movie RECYCLING PAPER - Leratong crèche, South Africa
Click on the links above to find out more about these projects.


tree planting in Soweto
Greening the city: Tree-planting in Siyathuthuka Park, Soweto (Food and Trees for Africa, South Africa) © Sarah Watson

making fuel briquettes
There’s no such thing as waste: Fuel briquettes made from charcoal dust (City Garbage recyclers, Nairobi, Kenya) © Sarah Watson
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