Earth Day 2021 5 MustRead Articles for Metropolis

Earth Day 2021 Earth Day 2021 5 Metropolis – for Articles Must-Read

Thu, 22 Apr 2021 07:00:00 +0100

For Earth Day, Metropolis contributors put forward thought-provoking perspectives for a new era of climate-conscious design



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Throughout the pandemic, we have reengaged with nature, spending more time outdoors to soften the effects of home confinement. We’ve witnessed incidental—albeit significant—environmental benefits of our pared down, slower paced lives, like reduced air pollution and improved water quality. The pandemic has also led us to contemplate the link between deforestation and emerging diseases and grapple with an increase in plastic pollution in the wake of surging demand for face shields, gloves, and takeout food containers.

The disruption caused by COVID-19 has focused our attention on the human-environment relationship in the most dramatic fashion, and with Earth Day 2021 upon us, it’s a natural time to consider: What have we learned and how will we move forward?

This year’s Earth Day campaign urges: “As the world returns to normal, we can’t go back to business-as-usual.” And this week’s events show signs of promise with President Biden’s Earth Day Summit aimed at re-establishing the United States as a leader in combating climate change—a far cry from the country’s climate stance in 2020.

It was just this time last year in Metropolis that Allison Arieff laid out her frustrations with the environmental movement’s trajectory and implored architects and designers to reclaim climate activism. “Over the decades, Earth Day has, at best, inspired us to imagine something better, a new social compact if you will. But it’s an understatement to say its impact hasn’t been felt enough,” she wrote. “What is needed, and is desperately lacking, is imagination.”

Since Arieff’s call to action, Metropolis contributors have articulated radical ideas emerging within the A&D industry, challenging us to think creatively in our fight for the planet. In Low Cost, High Impact academic Jesse M. Keenan analyzed the most recent work of Project Drawdown, which recommends we rethink the role of architects in the age of climate change—largely by moving away from expensive high-tech solutions in favor of economically scalable interventions.

Kiel Moe, too, proposes a reevaluation of an ingrained component of modern architecture: abstraction. In A Case for More Literal Architecture, he argues that a literal view of architecture is key to understanding the unequal exchanges and environmental load displacements that occur through architectural production—conceiving a framework for better accounting of our terrestrial impact and realities.

These and more must-reads are highlighted below, offering points to ponder as we celebrate Earth Day 2021 and find our path forward.

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Earth Day 2021

Thu, 22 Apr 2021 07:00:00 +0100

Thursday 22 April 2021 marks international Earth Day co-ordinated by the Earth Day Network with more than one billion people in 192 countries making it the 

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Thursday 22 April 2021 marks international Earth Day co-ordinated by the Earth Day Network with more than one billion people in 192 countries making it the largest civic observance in the world.

The theme this year is ‘Restore Our Earth’ and focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems.

As the world returns to normal, we can’t go back to business as usual and Shoosmiths is on a net zero emissions pathway as one of our key sustainability priorities. We aim for our operations to become net zero by 2025, we have committed to the Science Based Targets initiative to set science-based emissions reduction targets across the entire value chain that are consistent with keeping global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and we have established a sustainable travel policy statement.

We are also proud to be part of @BITC’s #Challenge2030 campaign to make the climate crisis history. Businesses must accelerate the transition to climate resilience and net zero carbon as close to 2030 as possible. Whatever stage you’re at now is the chance for business to step up: #EarthDay2021 #BuildBackResponsibly

In promoting Earth Day to staff we suggested a number of ideas to ‘Restore our Earth’:

We also asked staff to share stories and tips about what they have done to live more sustainably over the last 12 months.

This information is for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. It is recommended that specific professional advice is sought before acting on any of the information given.

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Earth Day 2021 5 MustRead Articles for Metropolis