Grafting Cities: Cultivating our common future
CAIC23 | Climate Alliance International Conference
18 – 20 October | in Modena (IT) and online
Grafting cities (verb) /ˈɡrɑːft·tɪŋ ˈsɪ·tis/
writing a new story for the city’s future; reinventing each city based what already exists; revealing how a place can flourish by building on its assets and adjusting them; transforming our cities street by street, house by house and place by place to boost diversity and resiliency
In cities and towns across Europe, an ambitious and just transformation is already taking root. Whether through nature-based solutions, local CO2 pricing to guide climate-friendly procurement, renovation campaigns to combat energy poverty, the improvement of sustainable mobility infrastructure with the help of the citizens or the fostering of energy communities – examples of equitable climate action on the local level abound.
With Grafting Cities, we looked at concrete examples of the transformation we need and delved into the question of how to act on our climate goals in spite of an ever changing local landscape. Municipal representatives from across Europe had the chance to exchange via high-level plenaries, interactive workshops, informal open space formats and enjoyable networking opportunities. The event, co-organised with our long-standing partner network Energy Cities as well as Climate Alliance members Modena and AESS, provided a unique framework for this year’s Climate Alliance General Assembly and International Conference, CAIC23.
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