Furthermore, climate change is placing additional stress on urban environments. Increasingly extreme weather events, shifting resource availability, and rising sea levels are all testing the resilience of growing urban populations. Climate change presents a different challenge in every location - for example, in a small island nation, floods are a concern; in California, it’s drought.
The combination of climate change and an increasingly urbanizing global population requires city officials, urban planners, and members of the private sector to find innovative approaches to efficient resource management, while simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions and opening the door to new green technologies.
Jakarta Urban Challenge
The Jakarta Urban Challenge was a USD $20,000 contest launched by the New Cities Foundation and Connect4Climate in March 2015 in order to champion effective solutions to Jakarta’s mobility problems while building a lasting legacy beyond the New Cities Summit. As Jakarta grows, mobility is becoming increasingly challenging while congestion is worsening, an issue that many large metropolises face. The Challenge was designed to find local solutions to improve mobility in Jakarta, one of the world’s most congested cities.
In total, 226 applications were received between March 16 and May 8, 2015. Applicants had to be aged between 18 and 35 years old and either based in Indonesia or Indonesians living abroad. Individuals or teams of up to five people could also apply.
The finalists were selected for their outstanding responses to the Challenge criteria, which called upon young Indonesia-based innovators to come up with a new solution for their city that demonstrates the capacity to improve traffic congestion, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce air pollution and/or improve transport safety and accessibility in the city.
Urban centers around the globe may be repositories of carbon emissions, but they’re also great opportunities. How can we turn brown cities into oases of green? Connect4Climate featured climate solutions in urban environment, spreading their partner’s knowledge and engaging in events on urban-related issues.