Last week, Amanda Gorman was one of many who made history. As the first national Youth Poet Laureate, Gorman, 22, was also the youngest poet to deliver the presidential inaugural poem, which she finished after the Capitol riot weeks before.
See link for video and full text: Amanda Gorman, The Hill We Climb: Kottke.org
I watched mesmerized by this woman’s inspiring and hopeful words, so carefully crafted, so wonderfully performed – building a space of connection between people.
She has and continues to use her words to advocate for issues she is passionate about, including climate change – a central issue and focus of AIA National in the last few years.
In 2018 for The Climate Reality Project, Gorman recited a poem she created based on photos from astronauts on the Apollo 8 of the earth rising over the moon. She speaks of a commitment to care for our earth, “to give next generations the planet they deserve.” As architects, we are called be stewards of Earth’s finite resources as we build for the health, safety, and welfare of all humankind. See below for her recitation of this poem. Enjoy.
The time is Now, Now, Now.
Climate change is real, it is urgent, and architects have the ability to make an immense difference in mitigating and adapting to its impacts. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) calls on architects around the world to support humanity’s collective call to climate action through an unrelenting commitment to sustainable and resilient design.
See AIA’s Climate Action Plan along with resources to support its implementation and asking all architects and our collaborators to join us in the fight for our future.
Read AIA’s Where We Stand statement on climate action.
Allison Dvorak, AIA, CPHC, is a member of the AIA South Dakota Board of Directors, liaison to the Emerging Professionals and Communication committees, and an architect in Sioux Falls. She received her M.Arch from North Dakota State University and continues to develop her Master’s thesis of researching and implementing design theories focused on human centered design through speaking engagements, design practice, and one-on-one client education. Allison lives in Sioux Falls with her husband, son and daughter.