Low-Tech Ways to Prepare for Climate Change
With the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicting an increase in global mean temperatures of about 1.1 to 6.4 degrees Celsius (2 to 11.5 degrees Fahrenheit) over 1990 levels by the end of this century, cities and communities need to brace themselves for ever-increasing changes in climate. In “Nine Low-Tech Steps for Community Resilience in a Warming Climate,” Director of Sustainable Communities at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Kaid Benfield, outlines measures communities can take to prepare for our warmer future. His list includes: bringing more vegetation into neighbourhoods, planting city-scaled community gardens, using drought-resistant landscaping, using light-coloured roofing and paving, getting serious about sea-level rise and storm surges, saving older buildings, designing new buildings according to green practices, keeping regional footprints small and well-connected, and updating zoning and building codes to facilitate resilience by building walkable, diverse communities.
[Top Image: Radishes grows in a rooftop garden by SOLE Food, an inner city urban farm]