Engineers declare Climate & Biodiversity Emergency
T/E/S/S atelier d'ingénierie signs up to the Climate Emergency "Engineers Declare"
The crises of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss are two of the most serious issues of our time.
Our primary purpose has always been, and remains, enhancing society and well-being. While we have seen major improvements to practice over the last 20 years, for everyone working in the construction and infrastructure industries, meeting the needs of our society without breaching the earth’s ecological boundaries will demand a paradigm shift.
Together with our clients, we will all need to commission and design buildings, cities and infrastructure systems as indivisible components of a larger, constantly regenerating and self-sustaining system in balance with wider society and the natural world.
The research and technology exists for us to accelerate that transformation now, but what has been lacking is collective will in government and industry. We urgently need current best practice to become standard practice. Recognising this, we are committing to strengthen our working practices and committing to create complete engineering outcomes that have more-positive impacts on the world around us.
Since June 2019, over 600 architectural practices in the UK have made a declaration of climate and biodiversity emergency, acknowledging the extreme seriousness of our situation and making a public commitment to positive change. They have been joined by over 100 UK structural, civil and building services engineering practices, as well as UK students and architects internationally.