Climate change is a global phenomenon that is proving costly for cities around the world. Its effects on livelihoods, basic services, housing, health and infrastructure are increasingly palpable. However, cities suffering from climate change are also major contributors to the phenomenon. In light of the unprecedented demographic shift to cities, it has become urgent to build sustainable and resilient infrastructure. Furthermore, cities need to take a completely different approach. Instead of combatting the effects of climate change, cities should design decisive solutions to combat its causes.