Introduction: Climate Change and Cities—Perspectives, Planning and People
This chapter serves as the introduction to the book, first focusing on the issues of climate change and its impact on cities. It sets the scene, discussing climate change as a major threat to stable city life. The narrative begins with an overview of facts about climate change, as well as highlighting the related global directions, pressures and challenges for cities. The second part of the chapter argues against top-down practices that are often ineffective in combating climate change matters. By following this structure, we highlight three pillars that relate to climate change—namely, perspectives, planning and people. Through the discussion of various perspectives, we explore the roles of different stakeholders and their views on climate change mitigation and sustainable urban development.
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