Global Intersections between Urban Development, Social Justice, and the Climate Crisis

Cities and other urban areas, being responsible for 70% of the global energy consumption and 60% of the greenhouse gas emissions act as both perpetrators of the climate crisis but also, at the same time, its most vulnerable victims. Climate mitigation and adaptation, along with the resilience building, is considered now to be an essential part of the urban policies, from city planning to city management. To what extent can climate measures in the city be combined with the social justice approach, is there a correlation between the two? How can policies tackling climate crisis and social justice be intertwined and coordinated, encouraging further real public participation? Angelina Davydova, a Russia-born environmental and climate journalist and expert, now residing in Berlin, will speak from her international experience, including from the UN climate negotiations where she has been an observer since 2008.