Wake Up Call & Climate Migration

Wake Up Call & Climate Migration

Wake Up Call & Climate Migration

Drought map west coast

Map source: https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

Wake up call & climate migration tells a visual story of climate urgency.

I was recently looking at the drought map of the west coast and the picture is quite alarming. Not only is this part of the U.S. experiencing unprecedented heat and high temperartures, but without sufficient water, this doesn’t bode well for one of North America’s primary bread basket.

Another alarming sign of trouble is the drought-parched Lake Mead which could leave seven states high and dry.

Lake Mead: The devastating impact of drought on America’s largest reservoir |

I’m not sure how much more evidence is needed to understand this looming crisis. Without water, these parts of North America will become uninhabitable, forcing extreme climate migration to areas that have abundant water supply.

These parched areas also happen to be one of the most important growing regions in North America, providing many fruits and vegetables to both the U.S. and Canada. Food sufficiency will be a huge issue plaguing many cities. The time is now to build resiliency and a local sustainable food system network that runs across this continent. The technology for a net zero, local and affordable urban agriculture system already exists. Now it’s time for the will and commitment to build it.

This may be a huge challenge, but it’s also a magnificent opportunity to get ahead of this. For cities to not only be more food suffiicient but to be able to solve some other huge painpoints that already plague our cities, including Montreal!

Every year Resilient Cities – The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation – is hosted every year in Bonn.

Other resources for food resilient cities is the FAO, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Here are some interesting videos talking about solutions to achieve more sustainable cities.

The Urban Green

Communities around the world are currently faced with a number of large scale environmental challenges, including dangerous, irreversible climate change. Man…

We can learn from Singapore’s initiative to build a “Biophilic City”.  What does the word Biophilic mean?

love of life
The word biophilia originates from the Greek, ‘philia’ meaning ‘love of’. It literally means a love of life or living things. Humans have a deeply engrained love of nature which is an intuitive and natural drive imprinted into our DNA.
Check out this video of Singapore’s Biophilic City:

‘singapore: biophilic city’

A whirlwind week in Singapore chasing up amazing biophilic stories with CUSP Institute Prof Peter Newman and Uni of Virginia Prof Tim Beatley. Link to academ…

This climate emergency isn’t something coming at us within a few years, it’s here now and requires immediate solutions and action. Some of the things that need to be openly addressed is the lack of accessibility for most populations. EV cars are still not affordable in the Canadian market, even after great rebates. Green homes, as wonderful as they are, may require more of an initial investment in terms of cost, to buy into. The investment will pay off, but it’s having a bit of the initial extra capital  that can be challenging for some. The population wants to go green and is willing to pay for it, but within reason and within their means. Sustainable options and choices need to go mainstream and that means affordable so many willing to participate, can.

Are you looking for an incredible opportunity to be part of the future landscape and food solutions? Don’t hesitate to reach out, we’ll have an awesome conversation!

 

 

Bonnie Meisels
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