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How can planners help create the world we need post-COVID-19?

We are calling on governments across the UK and Ireland to capitalise on the expertise of planners to achieve a sustainable, resilient and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our Plan the World We Need campaign aims to raise awareness of the vital role planners have in every aspect of the recovery in order to revive the economy, tackle inequality and meet net-zero targets by 2050.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the strengths and weaknesses of our places and our way of life and it is now vital that we plan a greener, place-based recovery that responds not only to the lessons learned from the pandemic, but also to the challenges that we were grappling long before COVID, most notably climate change.

We believe that governments must capitalise on the expertise of spatial planners to tackle place-based inequality, enable a green industrial revolution, prioritise healthy and sustainable modes of transport and coordinate the rapid deployment of zero carbon infrastructure.

The campaign was launched, alongside a report, Plan The World We Need: The contribution of planning to  a sustainable, resilient and inclusive recovery

The RTPI has put climate action at the heart of our corporate strategy 2020-2030 and the Institute has also commissioned an internal climate action plan to mitigate its own carbon footprint.

A series of research papers focusing on key issues including healthy place making, the role of planning in achieving net-zero transport  and a report on why investment in planning is so vital for the country’s future prosperity, will also be published in 2020. You can keep track on all campaign publications here

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