Construction Declares Climate and Biodiversity Emergency


We know that we have just over a decade to address these global emergencies, or we risk catastrophic damage to the natural world. Yet as the earth’s life support systems come under increasing threat, the scale and intensity of urban development, infrastructure and building construction globally continues to expand, resulting in greater greenhouse gas generation and loss of habitat each year.

For everyone working in construction and the built environment, meeting the needs of our societies without breaching the earth’s ecological boundaries will demand a paradigm shift in our behaviour. If we are to reduce and eventually reverse the environmental damage we are causing, we will need to re-imagine our buildings, cities and infrastructures as indivisible components of a larger, constantly regenerating and self-sustaining system.

Such a transformation cannot happen without a wide-ranging declaration of intent, followed by committed action, international cooperation and open source knowledge sharing. A united declaration will support more effective lobbying of policy makers and governments to show leadership and commit resources. The next few years will decisive in shaping our collective future - now is the moment to act.

Construction Declares can be used by everyone involved in the Built Environment sector: architects, designers, landscape architects, engineers, project managers, surveyors, developers and estate managers, contractors, suppliers, students, academics etc.

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CONSTRUCTION DECLARES is a global petition uniting all strands of construction and the built environment. It is both a public declaration of our planet’s environmental crises and a commitment to take positive action in response to climate breakdown and biodiversity collapse.

The first professional declaration was created by 17 Stirling Prize winning architects at, in United Kingdom first, then all over Europe. As engineers we have soon followed to create allied sites. Structural engineering firms are now able to sign up to a climate emergency declaration.

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.

Existing declarations now in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and United Kingdom.

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