must we set climate goals?
Rising sea levels, flood and hunger disasters as well as human displacement and city floods are risks that we must prepare for. Even though scenarios such as a rise in the sea level do not pose a threat to Lahti, the warmer and rainier climate creates enough challenges for the people and nature of Lahti.
Lahti has the greatest chance of making a difference in the energy sector, which is why measures are being taken in heating and electricity production as well as energy-saving, in traffic and traffic planning and increasing environmental awareness. The Lahti Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) includes 42 procedures, but these are not enough, as the greatest environmental effects are created by people's consumption choices: how they buy things, how they eat and how they vacation.
Adjusting to climate change
Climate change is already under way, affecting the northern parts of the globe in particular. Lahti operates in international networks to learn from other cities' experiences. Preparation must be promoted in terms of both short-term risk management and long-term adjustments in collaboration with land use planning, among other things. More research information is needed as well about matters such as how the increased rain affects ground water.