Climate Change

CSLA CC Position Paper (1)_Page_1.jpgClimate's Changing: How will YOU Respond?

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The CSLA believes that to ensure a prosperous future within a changing climate, we must create a society which has: an enhanced capacity for resilience, a willingness to transform to a better state, and a commitment to ensuring the long-term sustainability of environments, cultures and well-being.
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NEW! Read an article about the Colleen Mercer Clarke, FCSLA, Chair of the CSLA's Committee on Climate Adaptation

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CSLA Supports the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

December 12th, 2019 - The CSLA has written Ms. Patricia Espinosa, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in support of the UN Climate Change Conference.

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The CSLA applauds the launch of a new federal fund to help reduce the impact of climate change

Ottawa - 29 May 2018 - In response to the federal government's allocation of new moneys for climate change adaptation projects, Nastaran Moradinejad, President of the CSLA, expressed that:
"This important initiative will allow landscape architects to accommodate both the needs of our communities and those of the natural environment - all the while respecting the cultural landscapes of the past and planning sustainably for the future."
On May 17th, 2018, the Government of Canada announced the launch of its Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF), a 10-year, $2 billion national program designed to help communities better withstand current and future hazards by helping address climate risks and protect communities from natural disasters.

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Landscape Architecture and Climate Change Adaptation

by Colleen Mercer Clarke, Chair of the CSLA Committee on Climate Adaptation

“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.

The Messages

  • The CSLA recognizes that climate change is causing fundamental impacts in ecosystems and communities.
  • Landscape architects are in a unique position of adapting our society and ecosystems to prepare for short and long term environmental change associated with changing weather and changing climates. 
  • Governments and businesses rely heavily on the advice of landscape architects on a wide range of environmental, resource management and land use planning decisions. It is therefore critical that the professionals who are making key decisions about our ecosystems and the evolution of our communities are fully informed on the most current climate science, increasing their ability to make accurate and timely recommendations to government and industry.
  • The CSLA recognizes that climate change imposes new and challenging responsibilities; however, the Society will take steps to enable and encourage their members to incorporate the best available climate-science into their professional decisions.


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