The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that we do have the ability to quickly bring together political, scientific, engineering and corporate entities from across the globe to innovate and collaborate to solve a common problem.
Therefore, there is no doubt that we can learn to adapt and repair the damage we have caused to the world during the last 150 years. However, to do so, we must learn to change ourselves, adapt our cities, create sustainable energy sources and fundamentally change our economic and political principles.
Government, practitioners, developers, owners, and professional bodies representing the built environment industry can address the climate change questions for new builds. But it's vital that we also collaborate on a huge scale to solve the problem of existing and largely inefficient buildings and how to mitigate their impact on the environment.