GENI-us Letter 2017-12
In Our "New Normal" World — Build Sustainable & Resilient Cities
Dear GENI Friend,
It's being called the “New Normal” – around the world the grim consequences of climate change are being felt in multiple ways. The risk of wild fires in California is now year-round. Hurricane Harvey produced the most costly rainfall event ever in the United States. Record heat and droughts in Africa bring hunger and starvation to millions. Sea level rise in Bangladesh drives families and farmers into crowded refugee camps. These calamities affect cities and people, rich and poor.
GENI focuses on developing interconnected renewable energy resources around the world. That’s sustainable, but it’s not sufficient in our New Normal world. Cities need to mitigate and adapt now to the increased dangers of climate change, by preparing and building with resilient strategies. Cities must be able to withstand a catastrophe and recover as quickly as possible.
As shown in the diagram, the intersection of Sustainability and Resilience is a better planning model. While this structure is designed for cities, you can ask yourself how this applies to your home and family? To survive a calamity we first must secure the essentials of food, water and electricity. Clean electricity provides us refrigeration, lighting, communication and fresh water. That’s being Resilient. The Rockefeller Foundation has funded 100 Resilient Cities to help us prepare for this New Normal.
In Partnership for the Planet,
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