31st October is World Cities Day, established to highlight the challenges and opportunities arising from global urbanisation, and to contribute to sustainable urban development around the world! The day marks the end of “Urban October” – a month of celebrations, events and activities to raise awareness about this important global issue.
This year’s theme is “Inclusive Cities, Shared Development”, underlining the potential of urbanisation in increasing global well-being and social inclusion. You could discuss this in class – beginning by asking students how urbanisation can be a positive thing, and then encourage them to identify some of the challenges that can arise when urban development is not carefully planned.
World Cities Day is a fantastic springboard for teaching students about sustainable cities and communities, Goal 11 of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals. For ideas on exploring this goal through different subjects, take a look at the World’s Largest Lesson resources page, and select Goal 11.
Perhaps your students have an innovative solution to this challenge? Check out Practical Action’s Design for a Better World competition, which closes on December 16th!
Do you know of other great resources for teaching about sustainable cities and communities? Let us know on the forum – we’d love to hear from you!
Catherine Richardson, Think Global