UK Landscape Architects Declare Climate & Biodiversity Emergency

The twin crises of climate heating and mass biodiversity loss are the most serious issues of our time. Infrastructure, buildings and construction play a major part, accounting for nearly 40% of energy related carbon dioxide (CO²) emissions but climate heating is only one of the drivers accelerating global biodiversity loss and dramatic rise in extinctions. Changes in land and sea use, exploitation of organisms, pollution, invasive alien species and erosion of precious soils compound the crisis.

While we have seen major improvements to practice over the last 20 years, meeting the needs of our society without breaching the earth’s ecological boundaries will demand a paradigm shift. Together with our clients and collaborating consultants, we will need to commission, plan and design landscapes, cities, infrastructures and buildings as indivisible components of a larger, constantly regenerating and self-sustaining system in balance with the natural world.

As we increasingly become urban dwellers, investment in city development must also consider wider global landscapes and ecosystems as fundamentally interrelated parts of the city. Nature based solutions will form the basis of our response.

The research and technology exist for us to begin that transformation now, but what has been lacking is collective will. Recognising this, we are committing to strengthen our working practices to create landscape architecture and urbanism outcomes that have a more positive impact on the world around us and which conserve and enhance the natural and built environment.

We will seek to:

Founding signatories:

Churchman Thornhill Finch, Dan Pearson Studio, Gillespies, Grant Associates, Gustafson Porter + Bowman, J & L Gibbons, Kim Wilkie, Kinnear Landscape Architects, Landscape Projects, LUC, LDA Design, Nigel Dunnett, Studio Engleback, Townshend Landscape Architects

We hope that all UK landscape architecture practices will join us in making this commitment.

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2B Landscape Consultancy ACD Environmental ADP Architecture Ltd AFLA Ltd Agathoclis Beckmann Ltd Alexandra Steed URBAN Ann-Marie Powell Gardens Anna French Associates Ltd Applied Landscape Design Ltd Arc Landscape Design and Planning Ltd Ares Landscape Architects Ltd AS - Landscape Architecture Austin Design Works Barnes Walker Ltd BDP Blossoming Gardens Garden Design Bowles & Wyer Bradley Murphy Design B|D landscape architects Churchman Thornhill Finch Clifton Emery design Cookson & Tickner CW Studio Dan Pearson Studio David Orr Consulting Davies White Ltd Deacon Design DEP Landscape Architecture Design with Nature Ltd Emily Haysom epd-Parkwood erz Exterior Architecture Ltd fabrik Landscape Architects Farrer Huxley Fira Gillespies GL Hearn Grant Associates Greenhalgh Landscape Architecture Guarda Gustafson Porter + Bowman HASSELL Heatherwick Studio HLM Architects Hortus Collective HTA Design Huskisson Brown Associates Illman Young Ironside Farrar Limited J & L Gibbons James Hitchmough Jane Dobson Landscape Architect Joe Perkins Design Kim Wilkie Kinnear Landscape Architects LandARC ltd Landscape Projects Landsmith Associates LDA Design Lhc Design Liz Lake Associates Local Works Studio LUC Macgregor Smith Magenta Studio Martha Schwartz Partners McGregor Coxall MMARBORICULTURE ND Landscape Architects Nicholas Pearson Associates NICHOLSONS Nigel Dunnett Novell Tullett OHLA Ltd One Environments Oobe Optimised Environments Ltd (OPEN) People Place Nature Pick Everard PLACE Design + Planning PLAN:design Planet Earth Ltd Planit-IE RaeburnFarquharBowen Randall Thorp rankinfraser landscape architecture rbmp Redbay design reShaped Rootstock Spacehub Stantec UK Ltd Strata Design Stride Treglown Studio Egret West Studio Engleback TGP Landscape Architects The Environment Partnership (TEP) The Paul Hogarth Company The terra firma Consultancy Ltd Thirlwall Associates TLC Environmental Limited Topia Landscape Architects Townshend Landscape Architects Ubu design Ltd Uncommon Land Urban Green Urban Landscape Partnership UrbanPioneers Ltd Urben Wardell Armstrong Will Sandy | Design Studio WSP Xanthe Quayle Landscape Architects
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