Tomorrow we will be stepping away from our desks for the day to take part in the Global Climate Strike in acknowledgement that progress on climate change has been worryingly short of what scientists say is required, both globally, nationally and within our own industry.
The day will also mark two years since the last climate strike, and whilst it feels like very little has changed we have taken time to reflect on the energy that came out of that day, and the changes that it instigated within our own business. Following a series of group discussions we radically increased ambition in our practice targets, eradicating almost all business flights, moving to plant based food and drink in the office, becoming founding members of climate perks and successfully lobbying the RIBA to switch pension funds. Similarly, in those two years we have completed our first net-zero project (King’s Cross Sports Hall), have one of the largest Net-Zero projects in London underway (Timber Square) and have been circular and regenerative materials on many of our newest projects.
But we know that we can do more, and so alongside joining the student protests in London, Edinburgh and Manchester part of tomorrow’s day will involve all staff discussing how we can go even further both as individuals and as architects (and we won’t be accepting not washing the dishes prior to using the dishwasher)
Join us in London at the Building Centre at 10:30, Edinburgh outside parliament at 11am, and St Peters Square in Manchester at 12pm.