12 November 2019
For everyone working in the construction industry, meeting the needs of our society without breaching the earth’s ecological boundaries will demand a paradigm shift in our behaviour. Together with our clients, we will need to commission and design buildings, cities and infrastructures as indivisible components of a larger, constantly regenerating and self-sustaining system in balance with the natural world.
Climate change is an issue that many of our engineers want to make a difference in, not only in their everyday lives but in the structures they build.
Natasha Brown, Engineer had this to say:
“I think it is hugely important that this initiative is coming from high level within the construction industry. Real, meaningful change can only happen if it is driven from above and I hope that the Institute pushing this initiative will incite a change to practices at engineer level. I look forward to future discussions and seminars at the IStructE on sustainable design, how we can better incorporate it into our day to day work and new technologies and construction methods that can help the industry become more sustainable.”
Nadir Coowar, fellow Engineer said
“From an environmental perspective, climate change is the biggest existential threat that humans are facing at the moment. We are already seeing the lasting, direct and indirect consequences of climate change in our everyday life. I think a lot of people understand what they can do in their personal lives to help climate change but, like me, miss most of the opportunities to help in their engineering life. This movement is a way of trying to highlight the ways we can help in our work life.“