Civilization is what happens in cities. More than half of the world’s population live in cities and it’s set to rise to around two-thirds by 2050. Cities are also big contributors to climate change and hence should play a central part in reversing it.
Urban density can create the possibility for a better quality of life and a lower carbon footprint through more efficient infrastructure and planning.
As extreme weather events become increasingly more common and when more and more of the world’s population moves into cities transport, lighting, material choices as well as heating and cooling the buildings only grows in importance. At the same time there’s a potential to save energy and natural resources when the world’s growing population goes after economic opportunities in cities and decides to live more densely.
How we build and run our cities can have a significant impact on climate change and it’s up to us to make sure the impact is towards reversing climate change instead of making it even a bigger problem. Cities are our future.