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  • On October 8, 2018, the UN released a bombshell report whose implications will shake the profession of landscape architecture to its core. The report lays out clear evidence that if world governments don’t take […]

    • I am curious to know how many LA’s either “believe” or “deny” these claims. I do not believe it (especially from the IPCC and the UN). I don’t subscribe to the “doom and gloom” per these predictions. I’ve been around long enough to see too many “predictions” come and go with no effect. Of course, we should all be good stewards of the Earth and landscape and including design, we have an opportunity to make things better. Surely planting 1000 trees would make the world a better place. But, no, I don’t believe that the use of fossil fuels etc. is the cause sea level rise, “global warming”, and/or “climate change.” If I admit something like that in a job interview I can assure you that I will not be a candidate for hire at a prestigious LA firm because of my “beliefs” nor will I rise to any highlighted position, grace the cover of ASLA’s Landscape Architecture Magazine, or offered a rewarding contract or project. It’s not going to happen. So, in the end, I’m merely trying to point out the thought in that I won’t be accepted amongst my peers because I’m not a staunch supporter of the “global warming” or “climate change” crusade. I can guarantee you that anyone admitting that you are a “denier” could likely jeopardize their career path because of it.

  • thanks for your comment Mike – yes, we landscape architects can’t pretend to be “green.” We must be committed to working with reality.

  • The chart above is of profound importance to landscape architecture as a profession and especially for any practitioner or student under the age of thirty.

    This chart, which is based on the science […]

    • Steve, while I “agree” with most of what you have stated about the concern for CO2 emissions around the Globe…..IMO, the U.S. should ONLY be responsible for our Nation…….NOT for other Nations around the World. The Paris agreement is totally “unfair” to the United States! Why should U.S. taxpayer pick up the tab for cleaning up the air pollution in China, Pakistan, India, China, etc. Those Nations need to be encouraged to find their OWN solutions. The U.S. has a debt of over $20 Trillion!!!

      I watch a lot of K-Drama TV shows on Netflix….many of those programs are filmed in China, Japan & South Korea….In every program you can SEE how terribly filthy their air quality is!!! The air quality in Russia (Moscow) is exceptional bad too….you can barely see to drive on the highways.

      Maybe the U.S. should give some of those Nations some “incentives” to clean up their air and STOP all of the excessive CO2 issues,,,,,by cutting some of the Millions of dollars of “Foreign Aid” we send to those Nations every year.

      However, with regards to the CO2 problems here in the U.S…..those who advocate that we convert all or most of our gasoline powered vehicles to electrical cars won’t work. Having so many “electrical” powered vehicles in the U.S. would over-load our Nation’s Electrical Power Grid….also, making that Grid susceptible to attack by foreign Nations. Besides, Chevy tried producing hundreds of “electric cars”….they were flawed, problems with batteries, too expensive and people weren’t buying them.

      Nicely written article though…….I wish you luck with all that.


      J. Robert (Bob) Wainner

    • Hi Steve,

      This is a useful article in which you have opened my eyes to how much influence the LA design has on increasing the C02 burden, which is a big step away from the green and fluffy landscapes we think are responsible for creating. Importantly, as designers we are reminded that each of us is at the best stage in the design process to seek out ‘greener’ alternatives and challenge design and specifications.


      • thanks for your comment Mike – yes, we landscape architects can’t pretend to be “green.” We must be committed to working with reality.

      • Mike, while I understand and admire your enthusiasm………IMO, common sense tells me even IF the U.S. became ZERO free of CO2 emissions……we would still have a ton of it to deal with. Because, as I mentioned, unless American can build a “glass dome” over it to keep CO2 emissions out… will continue to be carried into the U.S. via the jet streams from other Nations…..who are much, much worse at NOT controlling their own CO2 emissions.

        The U.S. taxpayers should not be responsible for paying to clean up the polluted air in foreign nations. We have a $20 Trillion debt as it is. Those Nations need to deal with their own “environmental” problems….the U.S. can’t force those Nations to do anything they don’t wish to do. Besides, even IF we did give every foreign Nation Billions of dollars to help them improve their CO2 and other environmental issues…..I’m not convinced that’s WHERE the money would actually go.

        LAs can only do just so much to help our Nation’s environmental issues. City, State & Federal leaders have more power than we do. As I have practiced for the past 40 yrs…..I have seen our profession disrespected and unappreciated……even by other design disciplines. ASLA may argue with me, but, I really don’t think it is our main objective as Landscape Architects to “Save The Planet”.

        And, I find it very interesting that certain “groups” used to used to use the term “Global Warming”….but, now they are using the term “Climate Change” instead. That climate change is a direct cause of CO2. But, we all know……the Earth’s climate has been change for Billions of years….and will continue to do so, regardless of anything we humans here on Earth do or don’t do.

        Yes, there are alternative types of “fuels”…..nuclear, natural gas, electrical, wind driven, solar panels, etc….but, in doing some research on ALL of those types of energy recourses…..there is a downside to all them. Interesting too, to learn that the 1.5 Million cattle on our Planet emit 18% of the greenhouse gases…that’s actually more than ALL of the cars, trucks and other vehicles on this Planet. And, the number of livestock is growing. So, we can blame cars (oil) that emit CO2, to a point….but, I think it’s all more complex than we all realize.

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