ACAN (Architects’ Climate Action Network) is a climate activism group, a growing network of individuals and organisations, campaigning for legislation and policy change.
Last night was the group’s launch party, inviting people to get involved with the network in whatever way they can. A few members of the Bark team have been involved with the setting up of the group and were at the event among a packed room of people who showed up, despite torrential rains, to be part of ACAN’s first event. Speakers on the topic of ‘How to Make Change’ were Sarah Broadstock (ACAN, Studio Bark), Hannah Little (London Irish Abortion Rights Campaign), Jeremy Till (Head of Central St Martins School of Architecture) and Julia Barfield (Construction Declares, Marks Barfield Architects). Also in the room and adding to the debate were members of Education Declares, Maria Smith (Interrobang, architecture of degrowth) and a host of others all wanting to be part of a process of change.
The group has identified a list of policies that are working against the governments greenhouse gas emissions targets, as well as new policy ideas that they’d like to see introduced. The door is open for others to get involved through attending an ‘‘architect’s assembly’:
“The first ACAN Architects Assembly will be at the Building Centre on 22nd October. This is a chance to have your say on where we should collectively focus our effort. What areas of policy do you think need to be changed? What is the low-hanging-fruit we can tackle quickly? ACAN is setting up a proactive forum, and invites you to join our discussions on where to direct our initial campaigns/ actions.” – ACAN
Photos taken by Vanloen Photgraphy