AECOM Impact Blog: Aging and Resilience — The Biggest Challenges of our Time are Two Faces of the Same Coin

AECOM Impact Blog: Aging and Resilience — The Biggest Challenges of our Time are Two Faces of the Same Coin

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Gary Lawrence, AECOM chief sustainability officer, discusses how climate change and aging populations are interrelated challenges.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 9:00am

CAMPAIGN: Resilient communities for a livable future

CONTENT: Blog

By: Gary Lawrence
AECOM Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer

Last month, the ratings service Standard & Poor’s issued a report citing climate change as one of the factors that will significantly impact a nation’s economy in the coming decades. Last year, the same report identified aging populations as a significant factor affecting a nation’s vulnerability.

A 2009 HelpAge report on elders’ attitudes to climate change revealed that almost all older people surveyed would rather stay in environmentally risky rural areas than migrate to a city. They fear becoming a burden to their families, losing the connection to their community, and being unable to work and contribute. All these factors are known to compromise health and well-being.

In my mind, climate change and aging populations are not separate issues. Cities and nations are only vulnerable because they are full of people. Among those people, one of the most vulnerable groups is the elderly.

Learn more from AECOM's chief sustainability officer as he discusses how climate change and aging populations are interrelated challenges.

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CATEGORY: Environment