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Climate crisis: should architects still be designing airports?


There is no climate crisis, there is nothing happening just now that hasn't happened a thousand times in the past, long before our time. Send every climate scientist off to do a 1-day geology course and then ask them again if CO2 at 400ppmv is a big deal, or sea levels are a big deal, or greening the Sahara to feed a couple of billion people is a big deal. Life on this planet only evolved because of the cracked shell, the tilt of the earth, the position in the Milky Way and our elliptical orbit. From the amount of oxygen in the air, to the salinity of the sea, every single tiny creature had to adapt to change or go extinct. We are no different. We've got skeletons, eyes, brains, stomachs only because our family tree replicated with enough flaws for some of them to be fat enough, hairy enough, mobile enough or smart enough to cope with the next phase of climatic change. Even the amoeba figured that out. Perhaps if we focused on saving the rainforest, and planting a billion trees, they would take up the CO2 that 'architects' are worried about. Perhaps if we also focused on true pollution and plastic, we would make some progress. Perhaps if we focused on true sustainable energy, and low-impact design, we would make the world a better place. Building electric cars running off the power grid is just infantile, building huge steel windfarms which can only operate with massive subsidies, is no better. If 50% of the UK population stopped flying, you wouldn't need the airports, so maybe start there. Don't buy this week's iph*ne with all it's rare-earth metals, and don't replace your kitchen furniture every 5 years. Perhaps design buildings with less concrete, less steel, less heating and cooling. That doesn't need anyone out on the streets with banners -and might use some of our more objective creativity. Focus on that. If you want a real climate crisis, wait 'til the poles switch around 2042, they've already started a serious wobble.

Posted date

27 November, 2019

Posted time

11:30 am