The unsung profession at the forefront of climate action
A global coalition of over 70,000 landscape architects are leading the fight against climate change as the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow enters its second week
- 77 nations share a commitment to champion environmental sustainability
- UK and Australian professional bodies commit to shared bilateral action
- Professional leaders urge world governments to ‘lead with the green’ in the race to net zero
IFLA President James Hayter said:
“As landscape architects, we can make a tremendous difference to climate change and to climate action through our work.”
IFLA Africa representative Sunday Julius Abuje said:
“Landscape architects are critical in providing solutions for climate change because we stand as a bridge between the natural and built environment.”
Jane Findlay, President of the UK’s Landscape Institute (LI), said:
“Climate change is happening now. To avoid its more damaging effects, we must drastically cut carbon emissions from all sectors.
“Landscape architects around the world design, plan, and manage resilient spaces every day. At the intersection of art and science, we can bring a unique, integrated response to the complex and interconnected issues of climate change and biodiversity loss.
“The LI has worked closely with IFLA to develop this commitment, which represents a landmark moment for collective action in our industry. Over 70,000 professionals worldwide stand ready to build and transform places for climate mitigation and adaptation and restore our depleting natural habitats. Governments and policymakers worldwide need to invest in and utilise these skills.’
Jane Findlay said:
“Tougher targets alone do not reduce emissions. We need new policies, ideas, and on-the-ground innovations to deliver real change.”
Alongside Jane, LI Chief Executive Sue Morgan is in attendance this week at the climate conference in Glasgow. Sue said:
“Whatever the outcome of this hugely important gathering, we must continue to push for greener development on the ground,” said Sue. “How we translate discourse into action will be the key to success, and the landscape profession must play its part.
“Our work as a profession is inherently collaborative. We think holistically, with an understanding of natural and climatic systems, and of the connections between social justice, climate action, and habitat restoration: between people, place, and nature.
“We must play our role and make our voices heard, at COP26 and beyond.”