“It is clear from the latest [International Panel on Climate Change: IPCC] report that our economic and political systems are failing at the most basic level of protecting citizens, future generations and the web of life on which we depend. A world in which humanity can flourish within planetary boundaries is still possible and within reach, but we need rapid system change if we are to achieve this. The era of delusions about endless economic growth and fantasy technologies that will come to our rescue is well and truly over. It is time to define a new purpose for our profession that is truly aligned with planetary health and human wellbeing. While the IPCC describes extremely worrying scenarios, it also makes the case for urgent action. This generation can make the systemic changes that will stop the planet warming and create a world of peace, prosperity and equity.” – Inger Andersen, IPCC.
In the lead-up to the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow this November, built environment group Construction Declares will be asking all practices to support meaningful change across the spectrum of work, regulation and policy. Architects Declare, a group within this body, acknowledges that change can be difficult but says now is the time to step up to meaningful action with courage and conviction.
Steve Tompkins, co-founder of Architects Declare said: “Architects Declare was founded after the 2018 IPCC special report to change the mindset of built environment practice, regulation and policy. The latest report once again hammers home the need to transition rapidly to a zero-carbon world to avoid the worst consequences of climate breakdown. The science is clear, the evidence before our eyes is undeniable and the technical solutions are available: what we need now is political support and the collective courage to act.” Visit constructiondeclares.com