The Public Policy Program and the Department of Geography and Environmental Science present:

COVID-19, Cities, and Climate Change:
Revelations, Ambitions, and Public Policy in a Pandemic World


Join via Zoom:
Thursday, April 30, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm EDT

As the world remains under lockdown to stem the tide of COVID-19 infections, cities have emerged as recurring characters – as victims, as causes, as survivors – in the coronavirus narrative. The emergence of COVID-19 hotspots in Wuhan, New York, Madrid and New Orleans has led to a stigmatization of cities and urban life as observers question dense settlement patterns as the fundamental basis for the spatial organization of societies.

The 'new normal' leaves urban scholars and policy makers with a conundrum. If high density, complexity and networked connections make cities vulnerable to pandemic disease, and many other hazards as well, how should public policy initiatives work to readdress those conditions, while also utilizing aspects of urbanization that help to address climate change, and promote social and economic equity and development?  Ultimately, we must determine the way forward for our cities in an era of globalization, climate change, and pandemics. Join us from 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT on Thursday, April 30, 2020 for a conversation moderated by William Solecki, Department of Geography and Environmental Science, Hunter College, and Peter Marcotullio, Department of Geography and Environmental Science, Hunter College, featuring speakers Shlomo (Solly) Angel, Marron Institute of Urban Management, NYU,  Lily Baum Pollans, Urban Policy and Planning, Hunter College, Mark Pelling, Department of Geography, King’s College London, and Kizzy Charles-Guzman, NYC Mayor’s Office of Resiliency.

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