Firms related to the architecture, engineering and construction sector are set to join almost 2,000 companies, businesses and organisations around Australia who will support millions of school students around the world who will taking part in action to send a message to world leaders about the urgency and importance of climate change.
On Friday thousands of Australian students are set to join their global counterparts in a mass day of protest to demand action on climate change.
They will be supported by 1,878 businesses and organisations throughout Australia who have joined the Not Business as Usual Alliance, who have pledged that the day will not be ‘business as usual’.
Such businesses are being encouraged by the Alliance to do one or more of a range of activities.
These include closing its doors, having meeting-free days, allowing long lunches or sending emails to make it clear that teams will not be penalised for taking a few hours off.
This will come three days before the United Nations Climate Action Summit on September 23.
Organisers expect the turnout this time to reach more than that of an earlier strike in which more than 1.5 million people worldwide including 150,000 Australians attended.
A host of firms related to the architecture and engineering sector are set to take part.
Just to name a few, these include Breathe Architecture; BKK Architects; Nightingale Housing; Zen Architects; iaC Architects; architecture firm Studio Round; land surveying, civil engineering, planning and development consulting firm Reed Consulting; landscape architecture firm Leaf Design Studio; sustainable design consultants Lighthouse Science, Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, Austin Maynard Architects and BE Architecture
Also participating are several firms who supply products and services to the built environment sector.
These include green wall supplier Junglefy, sustainable modular home building company Habitech Systems and airflow control systems provide Viscon Systems.
As well, industry bodies such as the Design Futures Council, the Australian Institute of Architects and the Planning Institute of Australia.
In a written response to questions, Breathe Architecture told Sourceable that the firm wanted to send a strong message about the importance of climate change action.
Asked what it would like to see come out of the action and next week’s summit, Breathe said it would like no new coal, oil or gas projects (including the Adani mine); a 100 percent shift toward renewable energy by 2030 and the funding of a just and fair transition including job creation for all fossil-fuel workers and communities.
The climate crisis is an emergency, but we’re not acting like it,” a Breathe spokesperson told Sourceable.
“People everywhere are at risk if we let oil, coal and gas companies continue to pour more fuel onto the fire. By striking on 20 September, we want to send the strongest message we can to the Government for urgent and meaningful climate action.”
Suzie Barnett, General manager at Junglefy, said the firm had a passion for creating a healthy and resilient world.
“Junglefy are supporting the Climate Strike as we feel passionate about creating a healthy and resilient world for us and the generations to come,” Barnett said.
“The damage that has already been done by climate change has had a disastrous impact on the lives of people, natural resources, air quality and biodiversity.
“We also wanted our participation to raise awareness to our staff, our clients, our families, friends and the industry at large, that we cannot afford to keep pretending this is not happening, we are all responsible for our shared future and must act and do everything we can, no matter how big or small.
“We hope Friday raises awareness in a way that people unite behind one goal and are compelled to do something, perhaps it’s something they’ve been on the fence on that urges them into action, perhaps it’s becoming a stronger influencer to help others act.
“This kind of action shows how together we are far more powerful than we are alone. People caused this, but people can solve it too. We want our team to feel like they are part of the solution.”
Participation in the latest strike follows July’s launch of Architects Declare Australia, which ahs declared a climate and biodiversity emergency.
The declaration has more than 560 signatories.