The Most Existential Design Challenge Lies Directly and Immediately Ahead of Us - Save the Planet
Ross Barney Architects stand in solidarity with our AIA colleagues Peter Exley, FAIA (AIA President), Julie Hiromoto, FAIA (COTE 2020 Advisory Group Chair); Mike Davis, FAIA ( AIA Government Advocacy Committee Chair), and Dr. Mark Breeze, AIA (AIA/ UK Sustainability Chair) who recently attended the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference, COP 26, and advocated for serious change to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reverse climate change.
“The design community is committed to addressing climate change, but we know that we can’t do it alone,” said Peter Exley, FAIA, AIA President
ALL people, including Architects, our clients and user groups, play a critical role to reverse climate change. The time is now, our planet can’t wait.
“For this generation of architects, saving the Earth has become our singular design challenge.
The solution is a better design for a better environment. And Like many good designs, it is beautifully simple. Stop burning fossil fuels. Use less energy. Use only clean renewables.
But attention by architects is not enough.
For the last few weeks, it’s been agonizing to watch our leaders in Washington muddled over how much “climate action” we can afford. This is astounding. There is no amount that is too much, no time that is too early and no interest group that is not served by preserving the livability of our planet. The irony is that no matter what happens, Earth will be here in some state, just not one that supports humans.” Said Carol Ross Barney, FAIA when recently accepting the Order of Lincoln, Illinois’ Highest Honor.
Read more on the UN Climate Change Conference, COP 26, at archpaper.com.