Two of the biggest trends of this century are urbanisation and climate change. In fact, by 2050 more than two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in urban areas, and 90 percent of this increase will be in Asia and Africa. At the same time, climate change is resulting in bigger storms, hotter temperatures, and higher sea-levels. These two colliding trends will undoubtably shape the world in the 21st Century.
How do city-dwellers take advantage of the incredible opportunities that urbanisation creates, while remaining mindful of and anticipating potentially increased risks? And how does the Red Cross and Red Crescent support this work? I talked to Eddie Jjemba, Urban Advisor at the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, and Aynur Kadihasanoglu, Senior Urban Advisor at the IFRC/Global Disaster Preparedness Centre to learn more!
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