Gesucht: Grün – Wanted: Green Space

Gesucht: Grün  (English text s. below)

Es ist Frühling in Buenos Aires und die Parks leuchten in Violett. Überall sieht man den Jacarandabaum – natürlich nur dort, wo Grün in Buenos Aires ist. Die meisten Parks der Stadt befinden sich in den nördlichen Stadtteilen, wo die Besserverdienenden wohnen: in Recoleta und Palermo, der grünen Lunge der Stadt.

Die blühenden Jacaranabäume täuschen darüber hinweg, dass Buenos Aires viel zu wenig Grün hat. Die Porteños (wie sich die Einwohner von Buenos Aires nennen) haben Glück, dass häufig ein starker Wind vom Río de la Plata weht, der für Luftaustausch sorgt. Aber wenn kein Wind weht und es heiß ist, steht die Innenstadt im Smog.

Die Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) empfiehlt, dass jede Stadt ein Minimum von 9 qm Grün pro Einwohner haben sollte. Nach dem “Green City Index” weist Buenos Aires nur 1,9 qm Grünfläche pro Einwohner auf und liegt damit auf der Rangliste der untersuchten Weltstädte ganz unten.

Einige Großstädte im Vergleich:
Wien hat 120 qm Grünfläche pro Einwohner
Stockholm 87,5
Singapur 66
Amsterdam 45,5
London 27
New York 23,1
Madrid 14
Montevideo 12,7
Paris 11,5
Santiago (Chile) 10
Istanbul 6,4
Barcelona 5,6
Mexiko-Stadt 3,5
Tokio 3
Buenos Aires 1,9
Peking 0,9

Der Jacarandabaum ist in Mittel- und Südamerika beheimatet
The jacaranda is native to Central and South America

Wanted: Green Space

It is spring in Buenos Aires and the parks are glowing in violet. Everywhere you see the jacaranda – of course, in the places where you have got green space in Buenos Aires. Most parks of the city are located in the Northern neighbourhoods where people with higher incomes live: in Recoleta and Palermo, the green lung of the city.

The jacarandas in blossom make us forget that Buenos Aires does’t have enough green space. The porteños (as the Buenos Aires inhabitants call themselves) are lucky that they’ve often got a strong wind blowing from the Río de la Plata which causes an exchange of air masses. But when there isn’t any wind and the weather is hot, you’ve got smog in the the city.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that every city should have a minimum of 9 square meters green space per inhabitant. According to the “Green City Index”, Buenos Aires only has 1.9 sqm green space per inhabitant, thus being at the bottom of the ranking list of those world cities that were analyzed.

Several cities in comparison:
Vienna (Austria) has 120 sqm green space per inhabitant
Stockholm (Sweden) 87.5
Singapore 66
Amsterdam (Netherlands) 45.5
London (United Kingdom) 27
New York (USA) 23.1
Madrid (Spain) 14
Montevideo (Uruguay) 12.7
Paris (France) 11.5
Santiago (Chile) 10
Istanbul (Turkey) 6.4
Barcelona (Spain) 5.6
Mexico City 3.5
Tokyo (Japan) 3
Buenos Aires (Argentina) 1.9
Beijing (China) 0.9

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