Steering Clear of Catastrophe: Solutions from the Built Environment

Commentary / 1st Quarter 2021

Steering Clear of Catastrophe: Solutions from the Built Environment

by Gregers Reimann

Humanity is facing “an existential threat” from climate change as the world is “nearing the point of no return”.

These were the stark warnings issued by the UN General-Secretary three years ago. With an imminent threat to the survival of our species, one would expect swift and decisive actions from our world leaders, as if we had to win a war.

Don’t we all want to ensure the survival of our kids and future generations?

Alas, the global response has been lacklustre, timid at best, with current policies falling significantly short of averting the projected climate catastrophe. But there is still hope. Both the public support for genuine climate change action and the attractive business case of doing so are gaining momentum.

But time is running out.

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