The Rockefeller Foundation has so far named 32 of the 100 cities that will make up the “100 Resilient Cities” initiative. The American Geographical Society, which is one of the world’s oldest and leading organizations committed to geographical leadership, announced that it is endorsing the “100 Resilient Cities” initiative and commends the Rockefeller Foundation for its foresight in helping urban centers prepare for the 21st century.
100 Resilient Cities (100RC) is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC supports the adoption and incorporation of a view of resilience that includes not just the shocks – earthquakes, fires, floods, etc. – but also the stresses that weaken the fabric of a city on a day to day or cyclical basis. Examples of these stresses include high unemployment; an overtaxed or inefficient public transportation system; endemic violence; or chronic food and water shortages. By addressing both the shocks and the stresses, a city becomes more able to respond to adverse events, and is overall better able to deliver basic functions in both good times and bad, to all populations.
“Resilience is the application of what we study in geography and exemplifies the work in which the AGS has always been involved” noted Dr. Joseph Wood, AGS Councilor, and Provost at the University of Baltimore.
“The imperative before us is how we, as global citizens, can adapt to changing local and regional environments even as we grow, prosper, and consume resources at an alarming rate. Resilience in its paramount form is about shaping—and reshaping—the built environment to ensure economic success and, indeed, cultural survival for future generations. This initiative by the Rockefeller Foundation is perhaps the most important step so far, to frame the discussion which address this critical area for the 21st century,” added Dr. Wood.
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