Against a background of global climate change, healthier cities and communities are shaped by taking tough decisions on issues such as air quality, resilience planning, spatial strategies, working practices, active travel, sustainable homes and green spaces. How can we design a thriving, health-inducing future for all citizens – and avoid a dystopian alternative where our cities descend into crisis and chaos?
Species are becoming extinct at about 1000 times baseline rates, the oceans are becoming more acidic, large amounts of forest are changing to grazing land and crop land, and in the process we’re losing soil faster than natural processes can regenerate it.
Our planet is changing in unprecedented ways and which directly threaten human health. Such changes also bring opportunities to protect and improve health, if we can respond appropriately. Since 2015, the Wellcome Trust’s ‘Our Planet, Our Health’ programme has supported a community of researchers in taking on the challenges that food systems, increasing urbanisation, and climate change pose to our health.
Research carried out a couple of years ago by Ipsos MORI and experts for Innovate UK found that citizens want technology to make life in our future cities easier, but they also want equality of access and social interaction to be prioritised. This keynote will build on this research and give delegates insight into citizens’ views of cities across the globe.
This keynote address will explore how capital can be democratised, giving community investors the choice to invest in health.
Drawing on international case studies, this research aimed to explore the role of city governments and their partners in improving population health, and the conditions for success.
Crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending have the ability to give people more control over how their investments are used, raising awareness of environmentally and socially conscious projects while still ensuring healthy financial returns.
While cities are playing a growing role in population health improvements and have enormous potential to be health-generating places, they also face considerable challenges and need to be governed in a way that gives all citizens the opportunity to enjoy good health.
The question of how to feed ourselves is really a question of how we should live, explained Carolyn Steel, who took delegates at Healthy City Design International 2018 on a whistle-stop tour of how food shapes our cities and social culture.