NYIT Associate Professor Jeffrey Raven and student Luciana Godinho


Video: Want to Curb Climate Change? Cities Need to Get Involved.

April 2, 2018

In a follow-up to an op-ed he wrote for Forbes.com, Associate Professor Jeffrey Raven spoke with Luciana Godinho, a graduate student majoring in architecture, urban, and regional design, about ways cities can curb climate change in a Facebook Live session on March 28.

“It’s no secret that there are two global challenges that we’re facing,” says Raven. “Number one is around the massive urbanization that is occurring all around the world, especially in the global south where two-thirds of the world’s population is expected to live in cities by 2050. That’s going to put a huge strain on cities around the world and on their infrastructure.”

As a result, there is going to be a larger population living in a small amount of space. The second challenge is climate change. “At the same time,” he goes on to say, “there is a phenomenon in climate change that’s real and is actually a major challenge for cities with respect to urban heat and issues of flooding.”

To ensure that cities remain livable, mayors and urban leaders, along with urban designers, need to cut emissions and help residents adapt to a warming climate.

Watch the video below. To see the full conversation visit NYIT’s Facebook page.