Three billion urban dwellers in our world today stand testament to the irreplaceable function of cities in our society. By 2035, cities are expected to hold 2 more billion people. Of the three billion people today, one billion people already live below the poverty line. This number is expected to double to 2 billion by 2035.
While population is expected to double in the next ~20 years, due to the nature of cities, land area covered by cities is unlikely to scale linearly from the current 0.3 – 3.5%.
Scale, speed and scarcity are all challenges in the growing dense urban environments of cities. In addition to this, cities will be contributing directly to the challenges faced by our planet suffering from a worsening climate crisis.
However, with great challenges come great opportunities. Three young entrepreneurs in San Francisco are on a mission to save our future by tackling power, food and space in urban areas.
Join Keiarra Ortiz-Cedano, Christelle Rohaut and RJ DeLong in an hour-long panel discussion on how they are building solutions for cities to equitably maintain the quality of life for every person sustainably. Furthermore, learn how you can personally prepare for the future.
The panel discussion will be moderated by climate activist and Climate Reality Leader Rayyan Zahid who is a researcher in complex systems and holds a degree in Chemical Engineering.
Keiarra Ortiz-Cedano is the Founder of Ever Arable. Ever Arable is designing a high yield, space efficient hydroponic systems. They are optimizing agricultural systems for water efficiency and ease of use. Ever Arable places a special focus on empowering food insecure people with the means of food production. Although they happily serve all types of people, they target communities of color, people who live in dense, urban environments, and people without access to arable land.