“Architects Of The Earth” Unite To Accelerate Climate Action

From Africa, the Middle East, the Americas, Europe and the Asia Pacific, over 77 nations are uniting on a single mission to limit planetary warming to 1.5°.

Members of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) shared a Climate Action Commitment at their 57th IFLA World Congress this August.

“As landscape architects, we can make a tremendous difference to climate change and to climate action through our work so thinking globally but acting locally is critical,” says IFLA President, James Hayter.

Through planning, design and management of cities, regions and natural places, the work of landscape architects protects, restores and enhances global ecosystems; fosters human health and well-being; cools the environment; and draws down atmospheric carbon.

The IFLA Climate Action Commitment outlines six key areas for the profession to take climate action: supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Justice, Solutions, Collaboration, Reducing Emissions, and Leadership.

It has been created to promote the sector’s critical role in addressing the climate and ecological emergencies, support the Built Environment Communique for COP26 and ensure landscape architects have a leading voice in climate action decision making.

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IFLA is collaborating with its global membership and related disciplines to define achievable and actionable outcomes to support the profession in delivering on this commitment.