Resilience 2:1 Blog

money speaks

Last week I attended a day on building better cities and climate change at the Global Economic Forum here in Toronto. There the panels are made up of investment bankers who control and invest billions, entrepreneurs in battery technology, smart cities, and solar, as well as government leaders. The message was clear. . . fossil […]

Success of COP24 in Katowice – We have a global climate agreement

The Global Climate UN – COP24 in Katowice ended in success. Negotiators from 196 countries and the European Union worked for two weeks on the Katowice Climate Package, implementing the Paris Agreement.

Visualising world population density

This project wields data from the Global Human Settlement Layer, which uses “satellite imagery, census data, and volunteering geographic information” to create population density maps. Visualising world population density as an interactive multi-scale map using the global human settlement population layer.

Beyond environment: falling back in love with Mother Earth

Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh explains why mindfulness and a spiritual revolution rather than economics is needed to protect nature and limit climate change. … Move beyond concept of the “environment”

David Attenborough: collapse of civilisation is on the horizon

The collapse of civilisation and the natural world is on the horizon, Sir David Attenborough has told the UN climate change summit in Poland. The naturalist was chosen to represent the world’s people in addressing delegates of almost 200 nations who are in Katowice to negotiate how to turn pledges made in the 2015 Paris […]

The psychology of climate change: Why people deny the evidence

This week, representatives from more than 150 countries are meeting in Katowice, Poland, for COP 24, or the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate. Their goal: to find ways to reduce carbon emissions in order to combat the effects of climate change.

Financing Civic Futures – Building Civic Capital

On the occasion of the inaugural Future Cities Summit, we are sharing this provocation. At the Summit we have heard multifaceted perspectives on the great transition that our cities are facing, from addressing the challenges of the future of work, inequality, planning, affordability, climate change, resilience and next generation governance to name but a few.


Findings from an initial stocktake of climate change adaptation and urban resilience efforts “In 2015, nations reached a historic global agreement on climate change and made first commitments through the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) which outline their climate action ambition, addressing both climate change mitigation (or low emission development) and adaptation to climate change.