The Response podcast

Transitioning from Competition to Collective Resilience

By Tom Llewellyn, Shareable

Paris has been on the cutting edge of a worldwide municipal movement dedicated to making cities more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. The steps that they are taking to support the city and all of its inhabitants to become more resilient are incredibly necessary. June and July had the two highest global average temperatures on record, during which Paris had its hottest day ever while nearly 1,500 people suffered heat wave related deaths across the nation of France. I spoke at length with Paris’s chief resilience officer, Sebastien Maire, about what that city has been doing in order to build resilience in the face of the climate crisis. Our conversation covered the six main resilience challenges in Paris, their three-tiered approach to meeting those challenges, and how they are empowering residents to directly participate — and in many...