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New vision ahead for the RTPI: "Planning to live with climate change"

17 March 2009

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has announced plans to refresh its 2001 'New Vision for Planning' which led the way for spatial planning. It is now calling on its 23,000 members to step up and say what they think should be done to respond to the greatest global and local challenge of all - climate change.

The RTPI Planning Policy and Practice Committee (PPPC) is seeking views from members that will guide the RTPI's action on climate change and provide a basis for members to act themselves both personally and professionally.

Richard Summers, Chairman of the RTPI PPPC said: \"Our understanding of climate change is developing rapidly and we must now update the 'New Vision' to include an over-arching priority to tackle it wherever global survival is threatened. Global warming is challenging the basis of our way of life and our ability to plan for the future. \"Planning to Live with Climate Change\" is focussed on professional leadership, vision and delivery. The RTPI is taking the lead to promote plans to manage, mitigate and adapt to climate change. The PPPC urges RTPI members to engage in this important initiative.\"

Rynd Smith, RTPI Director of Policy and Partnerships said: \"Effective planning policies and decision making processes are vital if we are to achieve a reduction in carbon emissions, meet challenging emissions targets and transform our infrastructure to respond to climate change. We can't continue with a 'business as usual' approach. Evidence has shown that the economic impact of doing nothing will cost us far more in the long term than adopting measures now to control climate change in the short to medium term.\"

The RTPI is calling on RTPI members and RTPI network and association members to say what they are doing now and what they need to be doing in future to tackle climate change. Comments are needed by Friday 10 April to ensure they contribute to the debate at the RTPI General Assembly on Wednesday 22 April 2009.