As a species, we have the capacity to act
responsibly and for the best;
To do no harm and to steward the success of the atmosphere, oceans, waterways, land and forests that make up our planet.
We’re all part of this living global system that relies on a network of interdependencies for its survival. We’re inextricably connected to landscape, biology and geochemistry, from the planetary right down to the individual scale.
Rights of Nature
In Australia we have a saying; 'Let's crack on'. It means let's get on with it and finish the job.
In the climate decade, we aspire to 'crack on' and tackle related key issues across our cities. These include the greening of our cities towards combating the urban heat island effect. Increasing natural systems, incorporating integrated water management, encouraging biodiversity and allow our communities better access to green space.
The quality and quantity of our 'Green Infrastructure' is directly linked to our ability to adapt to climate change. Along with strengthening the resilience of our communities and shaping new economies for future generations.
The future of humanity is one integrated with natural systems. We depend on this to ensure we are not victims of climate change, but instead allow it to propel us forwards through innovations, creativity & ambition.
The Rights of Nature zeitgest is sweeping the world. Providing the opportunity to legally change the way the western legal system guides a human relationship with nature.
We support this with our founder and four colleagues writing the worlds first Declaration of the Rights of the Moon (2021).
Office of Other Spaces as creative professionals steeped in Landscape Architecture, we naturally ask the land the question at the start of the project: what want's to happen here? This stepping back gives space to the voice of nature as a collaborator in the design process. A voice which is being recognised by state governments such as the Victorian state government in Australia. Who set up the Birrarung council to speak on behalf of the Yarra River and report to the minister.
Thus it's our declaration to work with the rights of nature, with nature as a collaborator.
> We acknowledge nature as a living entity and a collaborator in the design and creative process
> We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land, their elders past & present
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