President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement brings to an end any realistic prospect of climate stabilisation below two degrees of global temperature rise. The global implications of this move are disastrous for planetary survival, and the consequences for people and places in the UK will also be severe.     

Research carried out by the TCPA for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in 2016 clearly highlighted how many places were critically unprepared for climate change, particularly in vulnerable coastal and upland areas. 1

Hugh Ellis, Head of Policy, at the TCPA said:

 “Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is a disaster for the survival of future generations. As a country, our attention must now focus on the rapid transformation of the built environment to deal with the inevitable increases in severe weather.

“Many vulnerable places now require transformational strategies to give them a chance of being resilient to sea level rises, flooding and erosion. All of this requires radical changes to our national policy and institutions, and a planning system that is capable of thinking over the long term about the survival of our communities.”


Notes to Editors

  1. The full TCPA and Joseph Rowntree Foundation report, Planning for the climate change: understanding the performance of English local plans, can be found here:
  2. The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) is an independent campaigning charity calling for more integrated planning based on the principles of accessibility, sustainability, diversity, and community cohesion. The TCPA puts social justice and the environment at the heart of the debate about planning policy, housing and energy supply. We inspire government, industry and campaigners to take a fresh perspective on major issues including climate change and regeneration
  3. For further information, please contact Jack Mulligan on 020 7930 8903 or [email protected].