CLIMATE CHANGE

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Welcome to the CSLA's Climate Change Adaptation web page!

Landscape architecture in Canada has played an integral role in the conservation of the Canadian environment and in the development of Canadian communities. It falls to the profession of landscape architecture to provide leadership in all aspects of management, planning and design that mitigates the onset of a changing climate, protects our natural environment and assists our communities in adapting to our changing circumstances. Landscape architects work to accommodate both the needs of human society and the natural environment, respecting the cultural landscapes of the past, and planning sustainably for the future.

Landscape Architecture and Climate Change Adaptation

by Colleen Mercer Clarke, Chair of the CSLA Climate Change Adaptation Task Force

“The CSLA is committed to providing assistance to its members, and to other professions, levels of government and Canadian business and communities, to enhance their understanding of the contributing factors that have created planetary climate change, to promote opportunities to mitigate ongoing contributions that will accelerate deterioration in global climates, and to advance instruments and tools that will assist in preparatory and adaptive planning for environmental change.”

Landscape architects work to accommodate both the needs of human society and the natural environment, respecting the cultural landscapes of the past, and planning sustainably for the future.  As the challenges associated with a changing environment mount, Canadians will struggle to find economic and political balance between short-term solutions and long term planning for sustainability.  Landscape architects can play integral roles in the processes of planning, design and management that mitigate continued contributions of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, that promote ingenuity and build resilience in individuals and organizations, and that ensure the sustainability of our natural environment.