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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, released this month, warns that we face a "rapidly closing window to secure a liveable future". It is, understandably, a tough read. If you’re after a concise summary of the IPCC’s findings, we recommend Professor Kimberly Nicholas’s live Twitter thread.
As James Murray of Business Green observed, it’s difficult to find new words to convey scientists’ warnings. The "end times" thesaurus is almost depleted, from 2021’s "code red for humanity" to this year’s warning of a new "atlas of human suffering".
However, as the IPCC made clear, there is still time – but only just – to rapidly cut our carbon emissions. The report is both "an indictment of inaction AND a compelling roadmap to building climate-resilient development", the academic Andrew Revkin noted.
This report makes it crystal clear that adapting to the impacts of climate change cannot be an afterthought and must be a priority across all areas of government policy.Nick Molho, Executive Director of The Aldersgate Group
From our work at Bioregional, we know that meaningful change is possible, to enable people to live happy, healthy, and sustainable lives within the limits of our planet’s resources.
Based on socioeconomic circumstances, adaptation and sustainable development actions will provide multiple benefits including for health and well-being, particularly when supported by national governments, nongovernmental organisations and international agencies that work across sectors in partnerships with local communities.IPCC report
Urgent action is required from governments, business and civil society to deal with increasing risks.Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive Officer of UKGBC
In our towns and cities, we know it is possible to radically reduce the carbon cost of constructing and heating our homes and buildings, activity that accounts for nearly 40% of the world’s carbon footprint.
"This means ensuring that all new homes are zero carbon and existing homes are properly insulated," says Bioregional’s CEO, Sue Riddlestone OBE. "With the right policies in place, we can advance climate-resilient development, drive integrated and inclusive planning, and support a just transition to a zero-carbon built environment."
If you’re a local authority, particularly one of the many that has declared a climate emergency but may not know what the next step is – then we can help. Robust and targeted Local Plan policies are an integral part of sustainable placemaking. Our team can help you to map the carbon impact of new development and create the evidence base and policies to create a Local Plan that supports the transition to net zero.
Taking integrated action for climate resilience to avoid climate risk requires urgent decision making for the new built environment and retrofitting existing urban design, infrastructure and land use.IPCC report
Equitable partnerships between local and municipal governments, the private sector, Indigenous Peoples, local communities, and civil society, can advance climate-resilient development by addressing structural inequalities, insufficient financial resources, cross-city risks and the integration of Indigenous knowledge and Local knowledge.IPCC report
The challenge is huge, but we know – from having worked with partners to enable sustainable living for almost 30 years – that change is possible. Every tonne of carbon saved matters. Every fraction of a degree matters. It is time for us all to step-up and become climate leaders.
Image credits in order of appearance: Andrew Aitchinson / Alamy via Climate Visuals, Milos Bicanski via Climate Visuals, Mamunur Rashid / Alamy via Climate Visuals, Eddie Zhang via Unsplash, Ruth Knight via Climate Visuals