resilience starts with information
Disaster education increases community resilience
HAVE you ever heard the story of a girl named Tilly Smith? On Dec 26, 2004, Tilly and her family went to Phuket, Thailand, for a Christmas holiday. While at Maikhao Beach, she sensed something was not right.
The water was bubbling and swelling, the tide went out suddenly and the sea was fizzing. Tilly freaked out and shouted that a tsunami was coming. The 10-year-old learned about tsunamis in her geography class two weeks before coming to Thailand. Tilly’s action saved about 100 people and because of that she was once called the “angel at the beach”.
Tilly’s experience teaches us that it is imperative for society to learn about every aspect of disaster education, starting from the understanding of different types of disasters to learning about the numerous ways…
Climate finance for cities
The sixth biennial Mayors Summit, C40 flagship event on climate change concluded in New Mexico earlier this month. The event attracted mayors and leading thinkers from around the world to advance a shared agenda, through collaboration and knowledge-sharing, about the global potential of climate actions in various cities.
The world’s cities are at the forefront of climate change, both in the fight against climate change and experiencing its impacts. Cities emit more than 70 percent of global emissions and consume around the same proportion of the world’s primary energy. At the same time, they generate 80 percent of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In the face of rising global temperatures and the increased incidence of climate-induced disasters, urban structures…