Only big changes make a real difference
Remember the saying ‘great oaks from little acorns grow’? Well, we can all play a part in tackling global warming and responding to climate change. Look at the debate around plastic packaging. It was individuals who put pressure on supermarkets and the hospitality industry to respond. There’s also some really effective community driven action; take Surfers Against Sewage’s Plastic Free Communities or individuals leading movements such as Ella Daish, Lizzie Carr and Martin Dorey.
You have to choose between wellbeing or being sustainable
Not at all, why wouldn’t you do both? We aspire to create places that are inspiring, productive and good for the planet. That’s done by making products which are beautiful, connect people with nature and tackle global warming.
Building products are always carbon emitters
It’s correct that buildings and materials have been associated with producing carbon emissions – whether that’s carbon emissions from their use (operational) or those relating to their creation (embodied). But we are starting to see buildings that can actually help reduce emissions such as Brattørkaia in Trondheim (designed by Snohetta) which produces more than twice as much electricity as it consumes daily, and will supply renewable energy for itself, surrounding buildings and for electric transportation.
We can only tackle one thing at a time
We need a systemic approach to reversing global warming. That means considering everything from food, to building, to transport choices. While the stats vary on which area causes the most damage, the key is to understand the connections – which aspects you can help with and start making a change now.