Solutions: Land Use


  • 5★Advocate for land use related large-scale solutions.
  • 5★Live in an apartment. It’s never too late to make the switch, and this can help you share a small patch of land with hundreds of others.
  • 4★Fill your living area. If you live in a house or spacious apartment, get roommates. Alternatively, split your house into multiple apartments.
  • 4★Avoid owning a 2nd home. Especially if it’s in an urban area. Short term renting while you’re away is a half-decent start. Selling or leasing long-term is better since people will be able to settle in for a while, which reduces the need for urban expansion.

Note that owning land in the middle of nowhere isn’t always an issue, depending on what you make of it. Having a second house in a natural environment to plant trees, crops, and restore any previous damage is a fantastic way to chip in and offset your environmental impacts. However, if the plan is to build a house near the city limits and flip it for profit when city limits reach your land, then that just sounds like premature urban expansion.

  • Governments: Improve policies surrounding urban expansion subsidies. Removing subsidies that contribute to urban expansion is essential. So is increasing subsidies to urban densification.
  • Governments: Strengthen policies surrounding multiple and foreign home ownership. A ban on multiple and/or foreign home ownership can effectively leave more homes on the market for locals.
  • Governments: Subsidize house-to-apartment renovations. This will incentivize house owners to reduce their land use and give them an opportunity to improve insulation at the same time.
  • Governments: Subsidize grid-connected rooftop solar. This subsidy would be most useful in regions where the electricity mix is dirty. Grid-connected rooftop solar can help reduce emissions, improve grid reliability, reduce energy losses, and avoid having to build land-consuming solar farms.