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With most people living in cities by 2050, it's in everyone's interests to make them as resilient and sustainable as possible.

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With two-thirds of the earth’s population estimated to be living in urban centres by 2050, and 90% of those urban areas located by coasts and rising sea-levels, it’s in everyone’s interests to make cities as resilient and sustainable as possible.

Innovation to address these challenges is already in place in cities like Vancouver to Singapore; Stockholm to Glasgow.

From retro-fitting buildings to district heating; vertical and urban forests; and the creation of the 15-minute city where people can walk or bike to work, shop and deal with a government agency, within 15 minutes.

Chair: Elena Whitham MSP, Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee


Councillor Anna Richardson, Glasgow City Convenor for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction

Jenny Elliot, Chartered landscape architect and urban designer

Professor Duncan MacLennan, RSE, Professor of Public Policy at the University of Glasgow and Professor of Strategic Urban Management and Finance at the University of St Andrews


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This is the 17th year that the Scottish Parliament has hosted The Festival of Politics.

Taking place over five days, our free online panel sessions allow you to have your say and debate if the world has gone past its tipping point or if it can be saved through science, technology and innovative action. Themed around the United Nations’ Sustainable Goals, we will also explore the impact of climate on other issues such as poverty and inequality.

Book your free tickets now and find out more about Scotland’s place in tackling the world’s climate crisis as it prepares to host global leaders for the COP26 conference.

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