Arup has worked alongside the Greater London Authority as lead technical consultant to develop new guidance for London’s schools, How London Schools and Early Years Settings Can Adapt to Climate Change.
Climate change will cause more frequent and widespread flooding, scarcity of water resources, and increased heat risk. However, the impact of these events will not be evenly distributed amongst Londoners. Children, as one of the at-risk groups, are particularly vulnerable.
The Mayor’s London Environment Strategy seeks to build resilience to climate impacts for people and environments in London, and is the key driver for this guidance. Providing accessible information to school and academy trust leaders, governors, business managers, teachers and other decision-makers, this guidance sets out measures they can take to help London schools and early years settings better prepare for the impacts of climate change.
In the context of the impact of COVID-19 and recovery, this guidance is an important piece of work which highlights the need for green policies to build stronger communities and more resilient critical infrastructure that can prepare for, recover from and adapt both to an extreme weather event as well as other events such as a pandemic.