What is resilience and why does it matter now more than ever?
Michael Berkowitz ( 100 RESILIENT CITIES (100RC)
This post is adapted from Michael Berkowitz's plenary speech at the Habitat III Conference, The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. What is urban resilience and why does it matter now more than ever?
In many ways, resilience is fundamentally concerned with disasters. But we’re not just talking about the ability to bounce back from the sudden disasters – think fires, earthquakes, floods – that are commonly associated with the word. We’re also focused on the long-term, slow-burning disasters that weaken a city over time. These stresses – poverty, endemic violence, an inadequate transportation system – are persistent and no less pernicious than sudden disasters.
Look no further than your morning newspaper to see that cities today are facing tectonic challenges—from refugees and displacement, to the spread of Zika, to natural disasters like Hurricane Matthew that strike with alarmingly greater frequency. At the same time, tremendous opportunities lie ahead. A global coalition has announced unprecedented commitments to fight climate change with a spend that could be $90 trillion over the next century.
We’re here to make sure that cities get the most out of every dollar they spend, whether on climate change or another challenge — and that they focus on solving multiple problems at once – building strength in multiple areas will help cities survive and thrive in the face of 21st century shocks and stresses. And that’s what this work is about. Helping cities become stronger in both good times and bad; ensuring that they can rebuild better in the wake of challenges they face; and that they are ready to handle both the expected, and the unexpected.
Though 100 Resilient Cities is only 3 years old, we’re already seeing that resilience is working—and that cities are beginning to institutionalize and mainstream this work beyond the bounds of their relationship with our organization. In preparation for this week we prepared a report on this progress, which we released this past Sunday.
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