Herbert Girardet is co-founder of the World Future Council. His ten books include Earthrise (1992), The Gaia Atlas of Cities (1992), Creating Sustainable Cities (1999), Cities, People, Planet (2004), Shaping our Future (2005), and Surviving the Century (2007). In 2003 Girardet was the inaugural Adelaide Thinker in Residence, advising South Australian Premier Mike Rann on his government's sustainability policies and how to reduce Adelaide's carbon footprint. Girardet advised Rann on his urban forests, Zero Waste, recycling and renewable energy policies. He has produced 50 TV documentaries on sustainable development and is a recipient of a UN Global 500 Award "for outstanding environmental achievements".
The characteristic of a truly sustainable city is, first and foremost, that it powers itself entirely by means of renewable energy systems. Herbert Girardet encourages us to make a quick switch to renewable energy to power our houses, our urban transport systems and our daily way of life.
What are the three qualities that should characterize a sustainable city?