Daring Cities Sessions

Climate Justice

Transformative Urban Coalitions – Triggering Social Tipping Dynamics For Zero-Carbon Cities

Achieving rapid global decarbonization critically depends on activating processes of transformative urban change towards zero carbon cities within the next few years. This requires overcoming institutional, technological, cognitive, political, and infrastructural path dependencies and power structures – and replacing high-carbon trajectories with new approaches for accelerated urban change. Such strategies can therefore not only rely on “technological fixes”, they require broader attention to social tipping dynamics, including robust (new) transformational actor coalitions. In this panel, we want to discuss the potential of activating these new actor constellations and new approaches to trigger social change towards zero carbon cities/decision making. Ideas and best practices on how to engage formal and informal urban influencers to form and sustain novel urban coalitions holistic approaches will be shared and discussed.

Social Equity As An Essential Component Of Urban Resilience

The need for transformational planning in the face of the climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic requires a discussion of cities and experts on the effective and just delivery of services and infrastructure. A whole-of-a society and human-rights approach along with permanent community engagement in the decision-making processes is essential to build inclusive urban resilience. This session will showcase city experiences from the global south and north facing disasters with a holistic, intersectional and radical approach.

Prioritizing Equity in Local Climate Action

The economic impacts of the current Covid-19 crisis have only seen social inequalities grow as they have hit already vulnerable groups especially hard. Consequently, a growing political consensus is forming globally that daring climate action needs to systematically incorporate social equity considerations. This session will showcase how cities have been integrating equity frameworks into their climate planning and which innovative tools and approaches they have developed to ensure implementation. In all cases, collaboration with residents and local stakeholders is a key component to ensure different needs are considered and no one is left behind on the path to more climate-friendly urban environments.