Global urbanisation is progressing at an ever faster pace, and its impact on our ecosystems is a matter of concern. As the urban population grows, cities experience a construction boom, generally at the expense of nature. Metropolitan areas lead to even greater pollution of water, air and soil.
The EXPO 2019 aims at generating greater awareness for the opportunities of green and healthy living. The exhibition wants to encourage people to rethink their lifestyle and to live in tune with their natural environment. By presenting horticultural methods and innovative ideas from around the globe, the exhibition promotes a deeper understanding of horticulture and its relevance for our well-being. At the same time, it shows how horticulture can be integrated into everyday life – inside and outside our cities. The EXPO 2019 showcases a number of innovative models of zero energy houses as well as concepts of green communities that live in harmony with nature. These ideas and projects show the way towards a more sustainable future and encourage visitors to take a first step.
Horticulture, which has a long tradition in Germany, helps reduce the negative impact of urbanisation on the environment. With its contribution to the EXPO 2019, Germany wants to show the world how modern technology in horticulture can turn urban environments into sustainable living spaces.
All EXPO 2019 participants were asked to incorporate five subthemes into their contributions. This makes it easier for visitors to the EXPO 2019 in Beijing to compare and rate the various concepts and different approaches chosen by the many contributors.
Green and sustainable development is shaping global economic development in the 21st century. The promotion of sustainable chains of production and the pursuit of innovative technologies are cornerstones for green growth. The EXPO 2019 participants present innovative technologies, products and achievements in horticulture and ecological research, highlighting their advantages for the environment.
Without plants, there would be no animals or humans on earth. Through photosynthesis, plants produce oxygen, and, over time, created an atmosphere around our globe in which humans could develop. By bringing plants into our homes and tending our gardens, we can adopt a lifestyle that is in harmony with nature.
Horticulture builds bridges between different cultures, ethnic groups and religions, and thus makes our world a better place. Global cooperation can only be achieved, if we respect other cultures and value systems. In every religion, we find certain plant species that are associated with ancient rites and traditions. These plants are represented in works of art and form part of everyday life of many believers.
At the EXPO 2019, visitors will get to know horticulture in all its shapes and forms, and learn about its many positive aspects. The focus is thereby on generating greater awareness for green topics, and on innovation in horticulture. In particular, young visitors are to be made aware of the importance of natural resources, as we want to encourage them to adopt horticulture as a creative outlet.
A balanced relationship between nature and culture is extremely beneficial for a good quality of life. This relationship affects all works of art and the life around us – in the form of food, landscape, architecture, poetry, music, visual and performing arts. At the EXPO 2019 in Beijing, visitors will see and experience how a perfect combination of nature and culture creates true homes of hearts.