- Summary:- In recent decades it has become clear that there can be no viable future for humanity without a healthy planet. Earth, water and air support the existence of an immensely complex living system, powered by the sun. We are part of this web of life and within a few generations we are using up most of the earth's stored fossil fuel resources. Their transfer from the earth to the atmosphere is significantly altering its composition. From our ever expanding urban centres, our tentacles now spread across the world. Our globalising economic system is destabilising the planet's life-support systems-the very systems that support us and the future of our children.I aim to provide some innovative answers to the questions that flow from this: Can we move towards a sustainable way of living? What policies and investments are needed in low, middle and high income countries? What is the role of the engineer in leading this transition to an Ecological Age? I will start by examining the problems we are facing and then highlight the opportunities for change using examples of city retrofit and design of new urban settlements. I will show what we can do over the next 50 years and draw some firm conclusions about policies, changes, investments and the role of the engineer.
- Keywords:- The transition to the Ecological Age, Model, Creating and Renewing Urban Structures, Eco-city developments, Climate, Sustainability
- Duration:- 19:00 minutes
- Event:- Chicago