Pandemia, which used to be much rarest; has been seen every 5 years (Swine Flu, SARS, MERS, etc.) on average since 2000. According to British Scientists, there’s only one cause of these outbreaks, and that’s “human beings.” One thing we’ve forgotten is that even if human beings harm nature, nature somehow survives. If it gets too narrow; it’ll put a disaster on you, and when you’re in trouble, it’ll get your own wounds. Human beings need to focus on what they need to do to sustain their own lives.
Controlled Normalization & Smart City Benefits
The controlled normalization process has begun; but experts have to say that our “new normal” should be different from before so that the pandemia doesn’t recur or new pandemies form. What should we do that we didn’t do before, reduce the likelihood of a new pandemia? The best advice is from the experts of the business, however; I share below a few concrete suggestions that perhaps most of us know but smart city benefits from reminding:
– As central government, local government, private sector, NGO and citizens, we must make “sacrifices” for further cooperation. For example, for each province; we should create a Provincial Smart City Board with representatives of governorships, ministries, provincial agencies, municipalities, universities, development agencies, technocities, OSBs, NGOs, technology companies.
– We should create less air pollution than before. For example, we should choose more public transport over individual vehicles; implement sustainable infrastructures for public transportation or individual transportation (electric cars, bicycles, scooters) by electric vehicles.
– In our country, which is paradise in terms of green energy; we must transition from fossil-based energy to green energy such as sun and wind. We need to further support domestic production in this regard and reduce bureaucratic barriers.
– We need to focus on solutions that will reduce water and food waste. We need to water the fields with smart and cost-effective irrigation techniques and check regularly for leakage in the taps in the house. We need to shop as much as we need, find a way to evaluate the left-over food. (Medium-term solutions based on creating consciousness seem likely because savings in these areas are more difficult to control)
Wildlife Areas Must Be Protected
– We must not destroy wildlife areas for agriculture or settlement.
– We must first reduce the migration to the cities and then start a return to the countryside. We need to create a rural ecosystem of life and tell children and young people about the importance of farming to the future of the country.
– We must manage all projects in an integrated, data-driven and transparent way. We need to run each component integrated into the city management platform in the relevant province and then in the center. Thus, we can gain the trust of the people and use the project experience in that province to reduce the cost of investment in other provinces for the same job and provide quality management by measuring the system.
There’s something more important than the above stuff, which is “awareness.” So I believe that success will come spontaneously if we can tell the citizen what we’re doing right. With the savings from smart lighting, families in need will be taken to the family in need, the security system placed in the parks will not stay in the children of the parents’ minds, thanks to green energy systems, the air, water, forest where he lives will be less affected, we should be able to explain correctly that he will not have to migrate from his village. Thus, the citizen realizes and accepts the benefit of the projects itself. Both the public and private sectors are pleased to fulfill the citizen’s request.
Smart City is Not Easy To Implement
I know it’s not easy to implement the above solution proposals to take smart city benefits, but it’s not impossible. Our ancestors were able to overcome many challenges by fighting hard, saying that “there will be no effortless mercy”. As a country, we have achieved great things; I believe wholeheartedly that we will achieve this work with public-private sector-citizen cooperation. We’ll see the results of our choices together. If we make the right choice, both we and our pupils will have done our best for the future of our children; If we don’t make the right choice; we’ll be more frequent, more lethal, and the economic impact will be more severe.
Unlike other beings, man has reason and conscience. He should also use both features for where he lives in the name of his own interests. It’s like we always say. A smart city or smart place is a city that uses its resources with sustainable efficiency, and this is not a choice but a must.