Back in the 1950s, the number of people living in cities was about 750 million. That rose to 2.9 billion by 2010 and is predicted to hit 5 billion by 2030. As more of the world’s people call cities home, the challenge is to transform urban areas so that they offer a safe and sustainable place to live for generations to come.
Much of this growth will be in Asia, so the way Asian cities are designed, constructed and powered will clearly have a major influence on global efforts to moderate greenhouse gas emissions and diminish the impact of global warming.
With 8 million people crammed into what is an increasingly vertical space, Hong Kong is the evolving model for Asian urbanization. So it’s fitting that Hong Kong was the place where I and several fellow Nobel Laureates signed a memorandum endorsing the need for cities to take a central role in minimizing the harm caused by climate change.
How will cities do this, not just in Asia but right around the globe? Our Hong Kong meeting – the fourth Nobel Symposium on Global Sustainability, attended by Nobel Laureates, senior government officials, climatologists, behavioural scientists, engineers, architects, and business leaders from Hong Kong and mainland China – both defined the problem and discussed strategies. Read more … hit link below.