Statement following Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C by the IPCC

image001Global Warming of 1.5 °C by the Integovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the International Federation of Landscape Architect’s (IFLA) Working Group on Climate Change has issued the following statement:

The IPCC Special Report warns that unless significant reductions in emissions are attained before 2030, increases in the mean global temperature will surpass 1.5°C. As we are already experiencing the consequences on natural and human systems as a result of a 1°C temperature increase rapid and far-reaching transitions are required in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport and cities if we are to limit further warming to 1.5°C. The IPCC concluded that society has only 12 years left in which to make these changes to avoid the anticipated and more severe risks predicted of a 2°C change.

Landscape architects understand that our greatest contributions to ensuring a prosperous future are vested in the creation of human societies characterized by an enhanced capacity for resilience, a willingness to transform to a better state, and a commitment to ensuring the long-term sustainability of environments, cultures and well-being. Together with allied planning and design professionals, natural scientists, sociologists and economists, we will continue to advocate for innovative approaches to low carbon community development and management, and for the protection and enhancement of natural systems with emphasis on the integration of the natural environment into human communities through blue/green infrastructure projects and an enhanced urban canopy. We can and must do our part locally, nationally and internationally.

For more information visit the IPCC Report Website at http://www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15/