Collaborate To Build A Greener City

Cities are feeling the pressures of climate change in many ways. Fires, droughts, floods and other factors are forcing evacuations of communities, while forcing those displaced to cities. Unfortunately, few cities are prepared to handle the challenges of climate change and rising populations.

Each year, urban areas add about 75 million people. The high density of people and assets makes cities even more vulnerable to the effects of global warming.

Urban areas generate about 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. By 2050, more than 70 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas, which means they will consume more, while generating even more air pollution. Almost 500 million urban residents live in high-risk coastal areas. In the 136 biggest coastal cities, there are 100 million people and $4.7 trillion in assets exposed to coastal floods.

“Rapid growth, without efforts to boost resilience, is exposing cities around the world to huge risk. Population growth and human migration are on the rise, and climate change is poised to have dramatic effects, which means we’re approaching a tipping point for the safety of cities all over the world,” said Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, the World Bank Group’s Senior Director for the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience.

Resilient cities can absorb, recover and prepare from economic, environmental, social and institutional shocks.

Few cities and communities have time to spare. Urban planners need shortcuts to find solutions today. To help jumpstart your road to resilience, we have prepared a 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. Click here to learn more about the rapid assessment process.

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Greener Cities is a division of Crossbow Communications. Greener Cities is a resource for sustainable and resilient cities and communities around the world