Don’t waste the climate crisis…build inspiring and equitable cities for all

As the 21st century hits its stride humanity is confronted with the twin imperatives of climate change and global urbanization. Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. By century’s end, nearly nine in ten people will. Human beings have become an urban species.

By no means is the overabundance of atmospheric CO2 the only challenge humanity faces today. Cities around the world grapple with the interlocking crises of climate, ecology, health, justice, affordability, resources, and resiliency. 

Decarbonizing industry, agriculture, transportation, and cities will require investment at a scale that dwarfs the New Deal or Marshall Plan. It will touch every aspect of our lives. It presents an unprecedented and historically consequential opportunity for universal progress as humanity lays foundations for its urban future.