Culture, Community, and Health [Monteverde Institute]

Alternative Title

El futuro de la urbanización y el cambio climático


Makeyla Hayes



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Publication Date

April 2020


Urbanization is an inevitable process that affects all countries and major cities. As societies continue to adapt to urban development, the environment is left defenseless to these changes. Through environmental, economical, and social analysis, this case study of Boston – the capital city of Massachusetts – examines the impact of urban growth and development on climate change. Urban areas are densely populated and constantly experience population growth and overpopulation, making them more vulnerable to climate change. Unsustainable practices and living increases the impact that communities and residents have on the environment. Environmental gentrification has been implemented to resolve the consequences of urbanization but at a social expense. The adverse effects of climate change can disrupt and damage major industries and infrastructures that support local and national economies. While cities have enforced urban adaptation plans, this has proven to not be sufficient enough to mitigate climate change and preserve biodiversity. This paper aims at analyzing the potential of sustainable urban development and living to reverse the effects of climate change.


14 pages

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Monteverde Institute


English; Spanish

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Digital Only



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The future of urbanization and climate change, April 2020



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