The +2,5 Degree City


During this workshop, we’ll dive into the Anthropocene – the geological era marking the dominant human impact on the Earth systems. Just as many cities around the world, Rotterdam has the ambition to become green, sustainable and resilient. We see projects being developed to transform this car-dominated city, into an attractive and green environment for all its inhabitants, while simultaneously aiming to increase awareness about climate change and sea-level rise.
Climate scientists have predicted that if we continue at the current pace with climate measures, we will still end up on a planet that is between 2° and 3° hotter at the end of this century. The rising temperature will probably cause extreme weather phenomena, a substantial rising of the sea level, biodiversity loss, food insecurity, large migration streams, social upheaval and political reactions.
In these weeks we will map out the predicted effects of a global 2,5°C temperature rise on the Netherlands, on the City of Rotterdam and on a number of very specific places in the city. We will then use our collective knowledge and that of our guest speakers and scientific literature, to imagine how we can mitigate the negative effects of global climate change. Our goal is to compile a catalog of ideas, fixes, technologies and solutions that will help our ancestors in the + 2,5°C Rotterdam.

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