Can't Take the Heat

Urbanisation and Climate Change - A Tale of Colliding Trends

March 15, 2021 Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre Season 2 Episode 1
Can't Take the Heat
Urbanisation and Climate Change - A Tale of Colliding Trends
Show Notes

Two of the biggest trends of this century are urbanisation and climate change. In fact, by 2050 more than two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in urban areas, and 90 percent of this increase will be in Asia and Africa. At the same time, climate change is resulting in bigger storms, hotter temperatures, and higher sea-levels.  These two colliding trends will undoubtably shape the world in the 21st Century. 

How do city-dwellers take advantage of the incredible opportunities that urbanisation creates, while remaining mindful of and anticipating potentially increased risks?  And how does the Red Cross and Red Crescent support this work? I talked to Eddie Jjemba, Urban Advisor at the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, and Aynur Kadihasanoglu, Senior Urban Advisor at the IFRC/Global Disaster Preparedness Centre to learn more! 

References and Supplemental Materials:

Check out the *new* Urban Action Kit a quick start, low-cost, do-it-yourself guide to urban resilience! It comesin 12 languages and contains activities across 6 different areas: 

  • Urban Agriculture
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene - WASH
  • Nature-Based Solutions
  • Liveable Cities
  • Early Warning Early action
  • Creative Communications

The intro music is Welcome to the Show, and the background music is Beauty Flow, both by Kevin MacLeod and is used under a creative commons license. The podcast art is by Melinda.

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