todayJanuary 12, 2023
“..They also need to increase the risk climate resilience of the buildings and make buildings adaptable to the future climate. I think they have a big responsibility to understand the issue and talk with the scientists as well, to find solutions.”When it comes to biodiversity, regardless of what country you are in and what your role is in the built environment, Roberta reminds you of the potentially positive effect that improving biodiversity can have. Whether we label this Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) or simply see it as natural steps to cooperate with nature, at a time when it is so badly needed, what we can be assured of is Nature’s innate instinct to heal and cooperate.
“Nature offers a lot of untapped potential, not only to reduce climate risk and deal with the causes of climate change but also to improve people’s lives. For example, by restoring ecosystems, on land and ocean, we help plants and animals to build climate resilience.”
“The globally and instantly recognisable WWF panda logo took its inspiration from Chi-Chi, a giant panda that arrived at London Zoo in the late 1950s. The strikingly simple image was drawn by British conservationist Sir Peter Scott, with a helping hand from environmentalist and artist, Gerald Watterson. Sir Peter’s rationale for featuring the panda was powerful and practical, ‘We wanted an animal that is beautiful, is endangered, and one loved by many people in the world for its appealing qualities. We also wanted an animal that had an impact in black and white to save money on printing costs.’ That logo and the reasons behind it offer a beacon of hope for me. While pandas are considered to be vulnerable, they are no longer endangered thanks to the decades of specialist knowledge in breeding and conservation efforts carried out around the world. This story demonstrates that we can make a positive difference.” Claire Wansbury excerpt from the Engineering a Nature Positive Future publication.Below is a another quote from an article that Claire co-authored with her colleague, Senior Environmentalist at Atkins, Jonathan Nichols:
What we found most compelling in the Dasgupta Review was the comparison of biodiversity (a key part of the world’s “Natural Capital”) to an investment portfolio – no sensible investor would rely on only a few assets for their profits; they would ensure they have a diverse portfolio to secure a return and mitigate their risks. The same can be said of life on Earth. By cultivating only a few species at the expense of the rest we are putting our prosperity at risk. The effect of humans, particularly in the last thousand years, has been to erode this diversity. The more we lose biodiversity, the more we undermine the resilience of our asset portfolio; an action that is already having grave consequences across the globe, including our ability to achieve carbon Net-Zero.Follow Claire on LinkedIn
Written by: Jackie De Burca