11-03-21 | News

ASLA Calls for Greater Climate Action

Association Looking for Greenhouse Emissions Reduced by 65

Caption: ASLA's call for climate action is centered around reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 65% by 2030 and 100% by 2040.

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) published an article urging nations at COP26 to commit to more ambitious climate action. COP26 is the 26th meeting of the Conference of the Parties hosted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. ASLA is encouraging the nations present at the conference to commit to achieving a 65 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The associations referenced the 2015 Paris climate agreement where the 1.5C(2.7F) planetary warming limit was established, to support their urgency to have these nations "rapidly change course."

ASLA cited a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reporting countries have not been following through with their commitments from the Paris agreement, and the global gas emissions are on track to increase by 16% by 2030 (compared to 2010).

"We will be looking for more ambitious commitments - increased investments in nature-based approaches to sequestering greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change and more equitable climate actions that undo climate injustices. We are hopeful COP26 will result in progress on our key goals as outlined through our commitments with IFLA and Architecture 2030," said Torey Carter-Conneen, ASLA CEO.


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