Bellas Artes Center Celebrates Earth Day with Climate Change Lecture by Doug Kelbaugh
By Kathleen Nolan
American academician and author Doug Kelbaugh will give a free slide lecture at the Bellas Artes cultural center on Monday, April 22, talking about his new book, The Urban Fix: Resilient Cities in the War Against Climate Change, Heat Islands, and Overpopulation.
After the lecture, Kelbaugh will sign copies of his book outside the lecture hall.
The highly illustrated lecture and book both outline the urgent challenges our civilization faces as the earth´s climate heats up, causing many physical, social, political, and cultural problems and opportunities. Many of these problems and opportunities come up in cities, where most of the world’s population now resides.
Kelbaugh offers a bold vision for twenty-first-century green investment to create public policy and healthy, climate-smart, resilient communities through better design and planning. Kelbaugh will explore and make recommendations on a myriad of topics, ranging from basic climate science and global demographics to climate gentrification in cities.
Long unrecognized but now becoming more evident and appreciated are several positive urban paradoxes. The first is the environmental paradox of cities: to the surprise of most people, urban dwellers consume less energy and produce less waste and carbon emissions than suburbanites. The second paradox—a welcome one—is the population paradox of cities, i.e. that despite urban dwellers’ greater income and consumption, they have smaller families than their poorer rural counterparts.
Another paradox is that while the number of people producing waste and pollution—including, most importantly, greenhouse gases—will peak sooner, lower-per-capita carbon footprints in cities will overall reduce global climate change. And a final paradox, the thermal paradox of cities, is that while most cities are getting hotter twice as fast as the countryside, their other benefits will, on balance, tend to make the planet’s climate cooler.
Nevertheless, this faster overheating of cities will arguably rally people to more aggressively address climate change, much as pollution has motivated reform in the past, and continues to do so in the developing world.
Kelbaugh will discuss why cities are also on the right side of many other equations, making our society more productive, more livable, more diverse, and culturally and materially wealthier. Urbanization provides an important opportunity for the developed and developing world alike.
As the director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Aromar Revi, puts it, “Urban areas constitute over three-fourths of the current global economy, house more than half of the global population and an increasing proportion of the poor and vulnerable, and concentrate over 75 percent of the world’s climate and economic risks. They also provide the economic, institutional, and innovation basis for much of the incremental national employment, savings, investment, and growth potential of the next few decades.”
In other words, cities may be humanity’s last best hope in the war against climate change and overpopulation.
This lecture takes place Monday April 22 at 6pm. Queries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lecture and Book Signing
The Urban Fix: Resilient Cities in the War Against
Climate Change, Heat Islands, and Overpopulation
Mon, Apr 22, 6pm
Hernández Macías 75, Centro