IFLA declares and climate and biodiversity emergency
The New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects Tuia Pito Ora supports the declaration of a Climate and Biodiversity Loss Emergency by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA). At the IFLA World Congress in Oslo, Norway last week the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects Tuia Pito Ora had strong representation where the 77 voting nations supported the declaration unanimously.
The declaration maps out an action plan of what IFLA will do in response to the issues the globe is facing. The New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects Tuia Pito Ora are currently considering what a climate change emergency will mean in the context of the profession in Aotearoa, New Zealand and will provide a response soon.
IFLA President James Hayter says says by declaring an emergency IFLA is adding its voice to the growing list of organisations across the globe who are demanding action.
“The earth has continued to experience record breaking temperatures, rapid glacial and Arctic sea ice loss, drought and wildfires and repeated extreme weather events,” Hayter says. “Climate change has already significantly affected the majority of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems and species.
“Landscape architects must take leadership in this era of climate change. We must stand up for the values upon which our profession is founded. We have the skills and the belief. The world needs and depends on us to help with the issue.”
The ClimateACTION! Plan outlines an engagement model with members, partners, allied professionals, researchers and educators, to bring about a programme of real change.
In addition to the IFLA ClimateACTION! Plan IFLA and its members commit to:
Advocating at the global level of Government and decision making forums for recognition of the Emergency, action to implement needed changes to policy and practice and allocation of sufficient resources to respond in a timely and productive manner.
Working with national associations to update ethical standards and codes of conduct to align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals 20306 and environmentally responsible use of resources.
Partnering with corporate, academic, NGO colleagues in support of IFLA efforts to advocate for immediate action.
Partnering with suppliers to improve industry standards and practice.
Reducing our own carbon footprints, through changes in materials, design practice, travel and operations.
Providing paths to improved understanding and access to training, tools and guidance on emerging science, climate positive design and environment net gain.