“Mankind’s voluntary concentration into a dense, coastal civilization is certainly efficient, but it may not be very wise.” – Parag Khanna, Connectography
Urbanisation, industrialisation, population growth – the trends that are enriching the human race are also causing environmental stress that threatens billions through rising sea levels, overconsumption and lost biodiversity. Cities consume 75% of the world’s resources and and produce more than 60% of greenhouse gas emissions – but global cities are organising, individually and through collaborative efforts like the C40 Climate Leadership Group, which Dubai recently joined, to slow climate change and find solutions for global problems.
Can cities alone challenge national governments or international corporations to change their ways – can they turn bold statements into real change? And while the largely coastal cities in the C40 might take rising tides seriously, will they also take leadership on other environmental issues?
George Berbari is founder and CEO of DC PRO Engineering, an
electromechanical consultancy firm specialising in District Energy Services and
Green Buildings. His book The Energy Budget looks at whether governments are
doing enough to tackle global warming.
is the author of Connectography
and an expert on the supply chains that bind civilisations together; his new book Technocracy in America
examines the harm caused by politicians making decisions, rather than experts, and looks for alternatives.
Further panelists to be announced.
Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation