What is a sustainable and just city?
In a sustainable and just city, the economic, political and social choices which created unsustainable and unjust structures are put under the microscope. Sustainable and just city-makers examine the roots of injustice and ecological unsustainability. They actively and openly address the tensions between justice and sustainability. They don’t focus on fixing symptoms. They look at marginalisation and inequality, overconsumption and pollution. They address these challenges through honest and, at times, uncomfortable conversations. They shape their behaviours through the lens of justice and take concrete action, for example on climate adaptation and mitigation. The 17 keys help city-makers in this endeavour.
To make them more accessible, we clustered the 17 keys under 4 adjectives which perfectly describe sustainable just cities: honest, caring, regenerative and informed.