The Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the way we experience urban spaces. In an instant, high-density city centers saw a massive exodus to the suburbs, with people seeking greener and larger spaces.
If the pandemic is any indication of the challenges ahead of a changing climate, what lessons can we apply to help us create healthier and greener communities?
At 1st of July, rejoin Mark Landler, London bureau chief for The Times and experts on the latest episode of Netting Zero, “How do we build our homes and cities for a sustainable future,”As we discuss how this shift can present new opportunities for sustainable buildings and urban spaces (RSVP above to join the conversation).
Speakers who joined Mark Landler in the conversation on July 1 include:
Henriette Elizabeth Thompson, Barbados Ambassador for Climate Change, Small Island Developing States and the Law of the Sea
Pierre-André de Chalendar, President, Saint-Gobain
Nigel garnish, High level climate champion for COP 26
Toni Griffin, Professor of Practice, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Margaret Chinwe Anadu, Global Head of Sustainability and Impact, Goldman Sachs
Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council
Gillian Charlesworth, CEO, BRE
Sheela patel, Founding Director, Society for the Promotion of Regional Resource Centers
The session will also include a conversation about shaping our future:
Thomas Heatherwick, Founder and Design Director, Heatherwick Studio
Bill Wasik, Associate Editor of New York Times Magazine
Whitney richardson, Head of International Events at The Times
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It is difficult at this time to imagine a world after the Covid-19 crisis. As social distancing is lifted and the economy picks up, we will still be forced to face the great existential challenge of our time: the climate emergency. How can we rebuild our economies and societies in a way that recognizes the urgency of climate action? How can we face the climate emergency, by seeking transformative solutions for the sectors and industries that generate the bulk of our carbon emissions?
These questions underpin Net zero, a series of virtual climate events, organized by The New York Times. Many of these themes will also inform our programming at the New York Times Climate Hub, our first hybrid festival that we will host alongside COP 26 in November in Glasgow.
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Episode 8: Supporting Net Zero Through a Circular Economy
Net zero is an ambitious goal that cannot be achieved in our current economic model. To build a truly sustainable world, we need to fundamentally rethink economics to replace our linear ‘take, make, waste’ approach and create a circular economy that promotes sustainability by design.
In this episode, Andrew Ross Sorkin, editor of The Times’ DealBook, was in conversation with Dame Ellen MacArthur, with experts, policy makers and cultural icons to craft circular solutions for resilient communities and economies.
Episode 7: Technology, Climate Solutions and Public Health
There are many links between climate change and public health, but what can technology do to find new solutions?
Moderated on Earth Day by Rebecca Blumenstein, Associate Editor of The Times, this session looked at how the climate crisis is affecting our health and how technology can help us accelerate solutions for a greener, healthier future.
Episode 6: Water and oceans, the lifeblood of our planet
The oceans are a crucial part of the biosphere, absorbing carbon dioxide, absorbing more than 90 percent of the excess heat trapped on Earth by carbon emissions, and producing half of the world’s oxygen. But as we continue to pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the pressure takes its toll.
This episode, moderated by Henri fountain, a Times climate reporter, analyzed how communities and governments can unlock and accelerate ocean-based solutions without repeating the mistakes of the past.
Episode 5: Breaking Our Dependence on Fossil Fuels
The Covid-19 crisis has caused demand for energy to plummet, with oil prices dropping to a staggering – $ 37.63 per barrel at the end of April. But as the world turns to recovery, can this shock be seized to break the global dependence on fossil fuels, or will the “new normal” end up looking a lot like the old?
In this episode, Ivan Penn, energy correspondent for The Times, spoke with experts as they explored how we can accelerate the rise in renewables to meet urgent global demand throughout the recovery.
Episode 4: Transforming the Financial System for a Zero Carbon Future
Traditionally, investors have a duty: to make the best possible return on capital for their shareholders. It’s a model that has brought us to the brink of climate catastrophe, and we need a new way of understanding value and returns that go beyond the short term and direct resources to scalable solutions.
Moderated by Chris Flavelle, a Times climate correspondent, in this episode we asked how we can fundamentally rethink financial markets to make responsible and climate-focused investing the rule rather than the exception.
Episode 3: Driving Solutions for Climate-Ready Food Systems
The food we grow and consume has a huge effect on climate change, with agricultural production contributing 20 to 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. If we are to reach the international goal of net zero emissions by 2050, we must quickly implement radical but achievable solutions. How can we significantly reduce emissions in key sectors of the food system while maintaining nutritional balance and food security?
Directed by Somini sengupta, an international climate journalist at The Times, this episode explored how we can dramatically reduce emissions in key areas of the food system.
Episode 2: The New Zero Carbon Standard for Cities
As time is running out for action on climate change, our speakers explored how urban climate initiatives can move from the experimental to the everyday.
What are the winning innovations in building materials, energy and mobility that can be deployed to make cities more sustainable and accessible? Moderated by Brad plumer, climate reporter at The Times, this episode explored mindsets, models and approaches that could take city “labs” beyond pilot programs to the next level of systemic change.
Episode 1: Applying the Hard-Learned Lessons of Covid-19 to Climate Change
This year, to fight the coronavirus, companies have adapted their production, governments have invested money in technology, central banks have authorized exceptional stimulus packages and companies have mobilized to protect the most vulnerable.
In our first episode of Netting Zero, Hannah fairfield, Times climate editor, asked experts if this global change created the model for tackling climate change.
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You can also read more about the New York Times Climate Hub, our first hybrid climate festival, which will run alongside COP26 in Glasgow in November.
Netting Zero is directed by Hannah Fairfield, Whitney Richardson, Sophie Lambin, Paul Samuels, Rona Perry, Joanne Perry, Mark Potter, Tess Korten, Eleanor Ripoll, Natalie Aidoo-Davies and Troy Hyde. Special thanks to Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, John Scully, Nicole Taylor, Elizabeth Weinstein, Douglas Alteen, Nia Decaille, Kate Carrington, Holly Adams, Ela Stopford Sackville, Elaine Chen, Pascale Dauptain and Maria Cortes-Monroy.