During the Festival of the Future City, we’ve sessions exploring the future green city and nature-friendly cities.

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(illustration Jack Goddard)

Among the sessions on this theme are:

Fighting the Climate Emergency in the Anthropocene
Thu 17 October 2019, 09.00-10.15
Watershed / Pay what you can

We’re in a geological epoch called the Anthropocene, which marks significant human impact on the Earth’s geology and ecosystems, including climate change. What does this mean for cities? Peter Clegg (Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios), Councillor Carla Denyer (Green Party), Paul Chatterton (University of Leeds and Leeds Climate Emergency) and Zakiya Mckenzie (Green and Black Ambassador) discuss the issues. Martin Wiles (Head of Sustainability, University of Bristol) and Chris Dunford (We the Curious) explain what has followed their climate emergency declarations.

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Work and Life in the Green City
Thu 17 October 2019, 10.45-11.45
Watershed / Pay what you can

It’s widely agreed we’re in a climate crisis, but what do we do? How do we inspire the fundamental change in the way we live and work that is needed? Miatta Fahnbulleh (Chief Executive, New Economics Foundation), Rob Hopkins (Transition Town), Guy Standing (author) and Will Stronge (Autonomy think-tank) look at communities and new economic thinking; the Green New Deal and cities; basic income; and how a four-day week for all might be achieved.

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Ann Pettifor: The Green New Deal
Thu 17 October 2019, 12.15-13.15
Watershed / Pay what you can

The Green New Deal has the potential to become one of the largest global campaigns of our times. Is it a pipe dream that could never be implemented? Would it cost the earth? Ann Pettifor argues that we need to rethink the function of money and how it works within the global system. She will talk about what the Green New Deal is, what it would deliver and the implications for cities.

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Cities and the SDGs: Can Local Action Help Solve Global Challenges?
Thu 17 October 2019, 15.30-17.00
Watershed / Free (booking required; opens 2 September)

The Sustainable Development Goals set out targets to be achieved by countries by the year 2030. Cities are well-placed to deliver on some of these, but can they deliver on them all? Our panel brings together Erin Bromaghim (Hilton Fellow on the Global Goals; Director, Olympic and Paralympic Development, Los Angeles), Kirsty Green-Mann (Head of Corporate Responsibility, Burges Salmon), Alexandra Hiniker (Program Director, Global Vision, Urban Action, NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs) and Tony Pipa (Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution).

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Cabot Institute Annual Lecture 2019: Can We Thrive as an Urban Species?
Thu 17 October 2019, 18.00-19.30
Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building / Free (booking required)

We are becoming an urban species. Bringing together the latest findings by Bristol’s leading researchers on cities and the environment, speakers at this event include: Sean Fox (Senior Lecturer in Global Development and City Futures Theme Lead) on how we became an urban species; Helen Manchester (Reader in Digital Inequalities and Urban Futures) on how we can learn to thrive as an urban species; and Susan Parnell (Professor of Human Geography) on what it means to be an urban species.

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Greening Bristol: Local Showcase
Fri 18 October 2019, 09.30-10.30
Watershed / Pay what you can

Who’s doing good work in Bristol on greening the city and helping nature recover and prosper? This event – the first part of a series looking at green and nature-friendly cities – brings together remarkable examples of the work that takes place here. From local food production to encouraging bees and wildlife to inspirational campaigns, a series of short presentations highlights the roles we can all play in making towns and cities a better home for people and the natural world.

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Climate Change in the City: Sustainable and Nature-friendly Responses
F
ri 18 October 2019, 11.15-12.15
Watershed / Pay what you can

We know that climate change is having an impact worldwide, but what’s the impact on cities? Helen Clarkson, chief executive of The Climate Group, looks at mitigation factors; Emma Howard Boyd, chair of the Environment Agency, looks at nature adapting to climate change; and Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh, Director, UK Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations, Cardiff University, looks at how to engage people to act.

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Making Nature-friendly Cities a Reality
Fri 18 October 2019, 12.45-13.45
Watershed / Pay what you can

What practical steps can be taken to make our cities greener and more nature friendly? Following a keynote address by Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, Mayor of Malmo, respondents including Gemma Jerome (Building with Nature) and Clare Owens (Squash Liverpool) will debate how different elements of green infrastructure can make cities better for people and nature.

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