France becomes greener turning brown. Starting in 2022, the European nation will require all new public buildings to be made with 50 percent wood, or similar sustainable and environmentally friendly materials, such as straw and hemp.
When it comes to addressing climate concerns, France is leading the charge in other ways as well.
By 2050, President Emmanuel Macron has pledged that the nation will be carbon neutral, meaning it will absorb as much carbon as it produces. There are also plans to invest $21 million in a network of 100 urban farms to improve access to locally grown fresh produce.
France’s environmental efforts will be closely scrutinized by viewers around the world when Paris hosts the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. Instead of spending millions on new structures, France plans to repurpose existing buildings and create temporary structures. Additionally, many of France’s architectural landmarks are surrounded by greenery to add natural beauty to public spaces.
Focus on France:
France is the most popular holiday destination in the world, welcoming around 90 million foreign visitors each year.
France was the first country to ban supermarkets from throwing unsold food, asking them to donate the extra to food banks or charities.
The Louvre is the most famous art museum in the world; 9.6 million visitors passed through its doors in 2019.