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RIBA NEEDS TO USE ITS INFLUENCE TO HALT CHANGE

LETTERS

My attention has been drawn to an article in the 14 July issue of New Civil Engineer. This refers to collaboration between the RIBA, ICE and CIBSE presidents, resulting in a call on government for 'more decisive action' on climate change and the need to work towards a target-based policy framework for this action.

Such a framework - contraction and convergence - has already been formulated by the Global Commons Institute. It has attracted support from all over the world and in this country from the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, the Church of England and all but one of the main political parties.

In How We Can Save The Planet, I set down grounds for extreme concern about the failure of government to respond to predictions of an ecological catastrophe if urgent action is not taken. Even more evidence has now come to light, notably the predictions of the international community of climate scientists in their conference at Exeter University earlier this year.

I put forward the case for personal carbon rationing based on the contraction and convergence proposal.

I would hope that the RIBA will intensify its efforts to call government to account on this most pressing of issues.

Dr Mayer Hillman, Senior Fellow Emeritus, Policy Studies Institute

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