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Letter to The Independent on Climate Change

18 July 2014

Sir

The report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) rightly argues that we need to adopt a much more comprehensive approach to resilience for water companies, major roads, ports, airports, and telecommunications. (Millions are unaware of flood risk to their homes, report says).

Just a week after official figures showed the UK on course to have the largest population in Europe,  Lord Krebs’ timely findings highlight why many now believe that emergency planning, though critical, is not enough to successfully counter the enormous demographic and climate change challenges we face.

In what is our centenary year, our recent report Future-Proofing Society,  argues that it is imperative for Britain to adopt and plan for a much broader ‘resilience’ into economic, environment and social infrastructures. The recent spats between ministers and different agencies over funding for flood defences also shows it is vital that we establish long-term frameworks for action that reach beyond typically short-term political timescales.

Trudi Elliott CBE

Chief Executive, Royal Town Planning Institute