A New Industrial Revolution
Glasgow was an engine of the 19th century industrial revolution of shipbuilding and manufacturing. Some people call the transition to a smart clean city the new 21st century industrial revolution.
Instead of economic growth from more consumption, we can live and work smarter. An economy of new experiences is replacing the economy of more goods.
We have arrived at a crossroads. In one direction relying on more production and consumption for wealth creation will create a dark, grey, dirty world with more traffic and pollution.
In the other direction is a future with a wealth of clean renewable energy and new better experiences in a smart clean environment.
Some people call the 21st century industrial revolution the knowledge and experience economy.
It is up to us to decide if we want to adopt new habits for better work and leisure experiences. A clean, quiet street with a mix of trading and leisure activities is one example of this new economy.
Have You Considered?
If we walk to local shops and services we can reduce much of the traffic on the streets. Over 50% of trips are short and convenient for walking and cycling.
If the local streets where you live are not pleasant and safe for walking then the council needs to hear about this from you so provide feedback at www.glasgowsmart.info/feedback.php.
A smart successful economy in Glasgow starts with the people. What services and technologies would help you to be more successful? What would you find useful?
Some people think that your mobile phone could provide more services like a personal butler. What would you use? Tell us what services you would use at www.glasgowsmart.info/feedback.php.
Find Out More
The knowledge revolution depends on what you know about your neighbourhood. Thinking about all of the stages of your journey today try completing the feedback form for each stage at www.glasgowsmart.info/feedback.php.
Check how much money you could save by travelling more cheaply. Some people are amazed how much they save by walking or cycling each time they make a short trip. How would you spend the money instead if you saved 100 pounds on petrol?
Measure the carbon footprint of your travel using the online calculator footprint.wwf.org.uk/.
What could you change to reduce the carbon you use when travelling?