Speech: Mining, cities and sustainable development

I spoke to the China Executive Leadership Academy in Pudong, Shanghai, on 20 April 2012. Download the pdf here.

The core message of the lecture is that mines and cities have more in common than you think. In particular, you cannot move them. This means they both need national governments to maintain the social, economic and political stability necessary for them to thrive. In the face of the nexus of risks to food, water, energy and climate security they can no longer simply assume that this will happen. Therefore city leaders and mine owners both need to get much more engaged with national governments to ensure that timely and effective responses are delivered.

About tomburke

Tom Burke is the Chairman of E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism, and an Environmental Policy Adviser (part time) to Rio Tinto plc. He is a Visiting Professor at both Imperial and University Colleges, London. He is a member of the External Review Committee of Shell and the Sustainable Sourcing Advisory Board of Unilever and a Trustee of the Black-E Community Arts Project, Liverpool.

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