TCPA Chief Planner, Dr Hugh Ellis said: "If we collectively fail to deal with climate change it will represent the most profound betrayal of future generations. The floods in Cockermouth illustrate the social and economic impacts of this urgent threat, particularly on the most vulnerable in our society. Planning can, and must, address the critical need to reshape our society and economy into a positive low carbon future before it is too late.”
TCPA Chief Executive Gideon Amos OBE said: "In the week before the United Nations Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, our vision for the future must respond to the crises of climate; the diversity of our communities, and demography of a population which is increasing, and in the UK, is also ageing.
"This means tackling climate impacts for those who need help most. It means re-engineering our cities and their energy and carbon infrastructure; a public transport system which supports our form and pattern of development; the intelligent use of materials and resources and, crucially, a new greening of urban areas."
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