LI President Jane Findlay and Chief Executive Sue Morgan will be among the delegates at the crucial UN conference in November, where the LI will be championing the central role of landscape and green infrastructure in the global journey to net zero.
From 31 October to 12 November 2021, over 100 world leaders will be at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow.
COP26 is the biggest conference the UK has ever hosted, and the most significant climate change summit since 2015, when 195 nations adopted the historic Paris Agreement.
Climate change is happening now. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, COP26 is humanity’s last chance to formalise the decisive, collaborative action needed to cut carbon emissions and avoid the worst effects of climate change. The leadership of the landscape sector will be integral to these efforts.
‘Tougher targets alone do not reduce emissions,’ wrote LI President Jane Findlay in Landscape for 2030, the LI’s spring 2021 report. ‘We need new policies, ideas, and on-the-ground innovations to deliver real change.
‘Our members have long been committed to creating places that deliver for people and nature, and the sector is already working hard to provide place-based solutions to climate change – from site-specific innovations to landscape-scale transformation.
‘The integrated approach that landscape architecture represents is fundamentally important in securing our sustainable future.’
Landscape and climate action
‘Whatever the outcome of this hugely important gathering, we must continue to push for greener development on the ground,’ said LI Chief Executive Sue Morgan. ‘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.
‘I’m delighted to be attending COP26 and leading the LI on this important journey.’
The LI at COP26
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has granted the LI observer status in the inner UN ‘Blue Zone’, allowing us to be present for the negotiations and associated programme of conference activities.
Alongside this runs the ‘Green Zone’ – the expanded programme of events, exhibitions, workshops and more at the Glasgow Science Centre, taking place from 1 to 12 November alongside the summit. The Green Zone will be open to the public, in-person and online, allowing audiences from all over the world to get involved with over 200 events.
📢 NEWS: The #COP26 Green Zone Programme is live!
From 1-12 November, the COP26 Green Zone will be open to the public at the Glasgow Science Centre, both in-person and online, with over 200 events.
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