Published: Saturday 04 July 2015

How green is your world
In 1992, New York-based cartographer, Wendy Brawer created a green map -- one showing all natural resources -- of her home city. This map received rave reviews. Urban dwellers in other parts of the world wanted to replicate it for their hometowns. The inquiries led Brawer to conceptualise a collaborative approach to mapmaking that would be useful to communities around the world. A globally designed, shared set of icons to symbolise the green sites was the perfect "heart" for the budding green map system, but there was still the question of communicating worldwide. Finally in 1995, with the help of the o2 , an international eco-designers' group, the green map concept met the internet.

Says Brawer, "Green maps illuminate the interconnections between society, nature and the built environment". The site under review is the repository of these maps. It has links to nearly 300 green maps, including three from India: Bangalore in Karnataka, Dhule and Pune in Maharashtra. Every map is the result of a locally driven process, but is also influenced by other mapmakers' experiences.

The news section at the site connects readers to some of the most exciting developments in green map making.

So click on

Subscribe to Weekly Newsletter :

Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.