Rising Populations Add To Climate Challenge

Cities around the world are feeling the pressures of climate change. Fires, droughts, floods and other factors are forcing evacuations of some towns, while driving those displaced to the nearest cities.

Each year, urban areas add about 75 million people. Urban areas generate about 80 percent of GNP globally. These urban centers generate approximately 70 percent of greenhouse gasses. By 2050, more than 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. In the 136 biggest coastal cities, there are 100 million people and $4.7 trillion in assets exposed to coastal floods. Other cities are burning, while others are running out of water. It’s a cruel paradox. Answers begin with the truth. Immediate action can save lives and property.

Resilient cities can absorb, recover and prepare from shocks to their infrastructure.

Urban planners can develop shortcuts to find immediate solutions. To help jumpstart your road to resilience, we have prepared the following checklist for your adaptation. It will serve as a rapid assessment to help you and your stakeholders identify the most immediate threats, opportunities and actions.

Develop a special resilience task force. Be sure to include representatives of key industry sectors and key community groups. This can help you move quicker.

Our rapid assessment tool can help your city identify the most urgent opportunities and threats. It can help you plot a path toward improved resiliency.

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