The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), a global coalition of over 70,000 landscape professionals across more than 77 nations, are leading the fight against climate change ahead of the crucial COP26 climate summit in Glasgow this November

Image: : Mergui Archipelago and Irrawady river delta, Myanmar. © iStockphoto

A new global commitment from the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) is galvanising landscape architects across the globe to champion environmental sustainability and combat climate change.

The 2021 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) contains ‘unequivocal’ evidence that human-influenced global warming is widespread and intensifying. To mitigate the worst outcomes, we must act now to drastically cut carbon emissions within the coming decade.

IFLA believes the key to solving the climate crisis is in the reduction of emissions, the resilience and transformation of human society, and the sustainability of the natural environment. IFLA’s Climate Action Commitment outline six key areas for the profession to take climate action, and calls upon allied professions to help strengthen our actions through interdisciplinary collaboration.

Thinking globally, but acting locally

Through planning, design and management, landscape interventions protect, restore and enhance global ecosystems, foster human health and wellbeing, cool the environment, and draw down atmospheric carbon.

‘Thinking globally but acting locally is critical,’ said IFLA President James Hayter. ‘As landscape architects, we can make a tremendous difference to climate change and to climate action through our work.’

LI President Jane Findlay joined IFLA’s 57th World Congress this August, where IFLA first shared the Commitment.

‘Climate change is happening now,’ said Jane. ‘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.’

View the IFLA Climate Action Commitment here.

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