- Barry Gardiner MP – Shadow Minister for Natural Environment and Fisheries & WSBF Advisory Board Member
- Roberta Blackman-Woods MP – Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government
- Nick Beecroft – Manager, Emerging Risks, Lloyd’s
- Duncan Booker – Sustainable Glasgow Programme Manager, Glasgow City Council
- Edward Clarke – Analyst, Centre for Cities
- Dr Seumas Campbell – Chief Geologist, Scotland, British Geological Society (representing Natural Environment Research Council)
Background to the event
The IPCC 2013 AR4 report found that even if countries halted emissions immediately and carbon was extracted from the atmosphere we would still see between 0.4 – 1.6 Degrees Celsius temperature increases by 2050. This will have profound effects on our weather systems and is likely to cause more extreme weather events more frequently. This will impact upon those living in cities in a significant way, particularly as seven out of ten people are predicted to be living in cities by 2050.
The vast majority of our cities’ infrastructure will still be standing in 2050 and there is a pressing need to discuss how we can make our cities more resilient to the risk of climate change whilst lowering their emissions and making them more pleasant places to live. This panel discussion serves as the first of a series of three events that the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum is organising in partnership with the National Environment Research Council (NERC) and will explore what the climate risks are for cities and who is threatened by them, how the growth of cities can be ‘smart’ in recognising and mitigating vulnerabilities arising from system interdependencies, and how Green Infrastructure can be integrated into such economic development.