Only One Earth to Build, what can we learn from these Changemakers?

The Built Environment is an incredible field of study that has the power to change our world for better or worse. It is responsible for large percentages (nearly 40%) of greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption, but it can also play a significant role to helps us combat climate change.

June 5, 2022
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Team Hloov

Every year on June 5, the United Nations celebrates World Environment Day to acknowledge the importance of our environment and the need to protect it. This year's theme is "Only One Earth," which could not be more relevant given the current state of our planet.

We are running out of Earth; our planet is under tremendous pressure to meet the demands of humanity. According to reports, we are currently using the equivalent of 1.6 Earths to maintain our current way of life, and ecosystems cannot keep up with our demands. According to NOAA's global analysis, the ten (10) warmest years on record have occurred since 2005, and 7 of the ten (10) have occurred just since 2014. The evidence is clear: We are in a race against time to adapt to a rapidly changing climate. The built environment has a significant impact on climate change, but it also has the power to help us fight it. With just 28 years to save our planet, we need to start making changes now.

Climate Change: The Marathon We Can't Afford to Lose

The built environment has been gaining attention worldwide for its role in climate change. The industry leaders are now tasked with taking up this fight against global warming. However, it is not an easy task. The built environment is a complex system with many interconnected parts. It is difficult to change one thing without impacting another.

"We need to be conscious of our choices and ensure that we are doing everything we can to minimize our impact on the planet. Technology can help us by giving us the data and insights we need to make informed decisions – Confidently." – Suhail Arfath.

It is important to remember that the fight against climate change is a marathon, not a sprint. We need to make changes now that will have a lasting impact on the planet. Otherwise, we risk leaving future generations with an uninhabitable planet.

That is why it is so important to learn from those already making a difference. We need to find out what is working and replicate it. We also need to support those leading the charge against climate change.

Hloov Tenet the philanthropic group of Hloov, aims to raise awareness and support the pressing need for sustainable practices in the built environment to build a sustainable future for everyone. It is a global collaboration platform to engage, educate, and encourage – everyone!

This World Environment Day, team Hloov Tenet celebrates a few innovative and impactful built environment changemakers already making a difference. From architects to engineers, developers to academics, these changemakers from the built environment are working tirelessly to create a more sustainable future.

Noha Jaheen

A designer with an eye toward sustainability, she aims to balance nature & creative arts with subjects such as engineering and mathematics. She focuses on the growth of organic, inorganic natural materials and uses nature to inspire design. She has been a disrupt or and an inspiration for the younger generation, and we look forward to seeing more stakeholders making their mark in the world of sustainability. We salute her for being a leader that young people look up to, and we join her in driving the change towards a resilient built environment.

Learn more about Noha Jaheen

Kirsten Henson

Kristen Henson, a sustainability consultant and the founding director of KLH Sustainability, is passionate about making a tangible difference in the global issue of sustainability in the Built Environment. She focuses on building material sustainability, encompassing embodied carbon, circular economy, and supply chains. She develops innovative solutions to complex engineering challenges that support the broader sustainability agenda within the project cost constraints. Her contributions to the industry have been inspiring, and we celebrate her passion for driving the change in the Built Environment.

Learn more about Kirsten Henson

Misha Mittal

An Architect and Urban Planner, she aims to deliver strategic sustainable solutions for which she keeps on questioning the current existence & situation of the city.

Misha’s work in the past has involved consultation and collaboration with various government entities, consultants, developers, and other stakeholders from the non-profit, public, private, and academic sectors on research and consulting projects in UAE, the UK, and India. She can be found practicing and promoting Yoga to encourage self-management and believes that maintaining a work-life balance is equally important. We are proud to celebrate leaders like her who are setting the trend and driving the change in the industry.

Learn more about Misha Mittal

Each of these leaders is making a significant impact in the fight against climate change. As we celebrate World Environment Day, it is essential to remember that every individual has the power to make a difference in our world. Whether you are an architect, engineer, developer, or academic, there are ways for you to get involved and help create a more sustainable future. We hope this article will inspire you to act and become a changemaker in your way. Are there any other Built Environment changemakers that we should know about, do let us know?

If you are interested in learning more about these issues, please visit www.hloov.org.

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