Sustainability and the Future of Cities

19 October 2017, 3.30 PM - 19 October 2017, 5.00 PM

Mya-Rose Craig, Caroline Lucas MP, George Monbiot, Papa Omotayo and Saskia Sassen

Watershed Cinema, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX

Cities can provide the answers on making urban areas and the world more sustainable. With high concentrations of people, cities can reduce carbon footprints by using transport and energy collectively and economically; through better working arrangements; and through housing people well. But cities also face enormous pressures: a housing crisis; growing poverty and inequality; migration and immigration pressures and controversies; and the lack of funding through austerity hampering many initiatives, undermining resilience and making cities less sustainable. How do we create sustainable cities? What powers must central government part with to allow cities to be free to act? How radical can cities be? How do we make sure that sustainability involves all? And how do we do this for all generations? Our panel explores what works well and what needs to be done: Caroline Lucas MP joins Mya-Rose Craig (birdgirl), journalist and campaigner George Monbiot, Lagos architect Papa Omotayo and cities expert Saskia Sassen.

This will be followed by an optional walk to Hamilton House, where the conversation will continue in one of Bristol’s communities in a special workshop with a panel discussion involving diverse members of Bristol’s communities to explore how the sustainability movement can simultaneously become more inclusive, effective and transformative. This is organised with the Cabot Institute and the Bristol Green and Black Ambassadors (a group dedicated to encouraging sustainability and green initiatives and advocacy in Bristol’s BAME communities). This will end around 19:30 and will include food and refreshments. Further details and booking information can be found here.

Contact information

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