Nash Partnership has signed the UK Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency manifesto.
The manifesto reads: “The twin crises of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss are the most serious issue of our time. Buildings and construction play a major part, accounting for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions whilst also having a significant impact on our natural habitats.
“For everyone working in the construction industry, meeting society’s needs without breaching the earth’s ecological boundaries will demand a paradigm shift in behaviour. Together with our clients, we will need to commission and design buildings, cities and infrastructures as indivisible components of a larger, constantly regenerating and self-sustaining system.
“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 architecture and urbanism that has a more positive impact on the world around us.”
The manifesto aligns with our established purpose, which is to ‘shape buildings and communities that are good for people, communities and the natural environment’. By mid-August, nearly 600 practices have signed.
We have signed the manifesto at a time when more than half the UK’s principal local authorities have declared a climate emergency – one of the fastest growing environmental movements in recent history.