David Lank, program coordinator with the John Molson School of Business’ David O’Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise, was among the attendees. This is what he had to say about the event.
I came into the Partnerships for the Living City: Promoting Urban Biodiversity conference with a different frame of mind than I would have a couple of years ago. I am now a parent of two young children. An unforeseen benefit of parenthood is that you become a little less self-absorbed. You focus on your kids’ needs and wonder what the future will be like for them on this planet. This conference taught me that city living will be a very different experience for them as they grow up.
The LSRC counts 25 researchers from 12 departments among its ranks; these investigators focus on issues like biodiversity conservation, climate-change mitigation and more.
Cities currently occupy two per cent of the planet, yet use 75 per cent of its natural resources.
According to the United Nations, by 2050 the global urban population is expected to double, with 60 per cent of people living in urban areas.