I was in New York City for Climate Week and the UN General Assembly (UNGA) meeting on 25th September when the 17 Global Goals for 2030 were signed by 193 countries. It was a very moving and emotional week as well as a productive one and now I am back in London, there is a little time to reflect.
Five years ago I could see in the work of my brilliant planning team in Arup that human development needed to make a radical course correction. I called the destination the ‘Ecological Age’ and the process Sustainable Development. At that time, the Millenium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing extreme poverty was being approached quickly around the world, with China playing a major role with it’s incredible development programme. It was clear, however, that we were starting to breach the limits of the Earth to support this fast track change, with resource depletion, pollution and ecological destruction. The science suggested truly awful consequences of this path, as population grew to around 10bn by 2050, with climate change making it increasingly difficult to provide adequate supplies of food and water. I met a great number of young people around the world motivated to support change, but without the means to make it happen.
Complementing the risk assessments is resilience.io, an innovative decision-making tool that collects data on a city. Developed by The Ecological Sequestration Trust, resilience.io gathers data from a variety of sources – satellite and earth observation, as well as open government and crowd-sourced economic, social and environmental data – and brings them all together in one place. Resilience.io is unusual in that it understands cities as systems and identifies links between the various sectors, a valuable contribution to resilience that has so far been missing.
03/07/2015, London – Mayor and Governor of Ulaanbaatar, Bat-Üül Erdene and Professor Peter Head CBE, Founder and Chief Executive of The Trust sign a Memorandum of Understanding, in the presence of Prime Minister Chimed Saikhanbileg of Mongolia, to work in partnership delivering smart, resilient and sustainable development for the people of Mongolia.
The Trust is delighted to introduce this first resilience.io platform report.
We believe that by using integrated systems thinking and collaborative intelligence, transformational change is truly within the reach of communities, businesses and governments globally.
This report introduces resilience.io. It is a tool that allows city-regions globally, to assess their current development path and map out a more sustainable and resilient trajectory. It is intended for use for planning, investment and policy-making, to embed resilience within city-regions and help deliver the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals.