5 consejos para vivir en mejor armonía con la naturaleza y enfrentar el cambio climático

Una arquitecta paisajista de Tailandia está combatiendo el cambio climático con un proyecto urbanístico y aquí nos ofrece ideas con las que nosotros también podemos participar.

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KOTCHAKORN VORAAKHOM: [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] My name is Kotchakorn Voraakhom. I'm a landscape architect from Bangkok, Thailand. My calling in life is to make my city more resilient to climate change.


Did you know that my city, Bangkok, is actually sinking more than 1 centimeter per year? In paved Bangkok, only 15 minutes of rainfall can turn our city in chaos through traffic. We need to catch and keep this pouring rain so that it doesn't flood everywhere.

I won a design competition to build Bangkok's first new public park in over 30 years. Built on a slope, the park captures rain and store it for later use. But you don't need to build big projects like mine. We can actually help our city to be more greener and more sustainable through our lifestyle. So here I am to share my five top tips to you.

One of the easiest ways to do this is to replace concrete with gardens wherever we can. It's not only look nicer and greener. It also help catch more of the excess rain water. At home, we can actually restore an access water into the rainwater tank, which can restore and later use in our daily activities.

One of the most wasted space in our city is the roof space, and we can turn that to benefit us in many ways, like growing food. I used this idea in one of my projects, turning the concrete roof in a university into a rooftop farm, which is now the largest one in Asia.

It is much better for pollinators like bees and other insects or even little birds if we stick to native plants, those that naturally grow where we live, and let our garden be a little messy. You save more time not having to trim your lawn as often, but it's even better. You actually encourage biodiversity. So you can actually do it in your garden or even your balcony.

It has been said many times that we, humans, produced too much waste. We need to find the best way to bring back those waste, this rubbish back into our lives, recycle, up-cycle, or any circular process that we can create. For me, I recycle the existing structure in the space.

One of my project in Bangkok was to create a garden on a hospital roof. It was built on the old helipad. Instead of ripping off something that was old or abandoned, we can incorporate it into a new project. Think about organic waste that we all produce each day, and remember all the waste that we produce. We increase 70% in 2050 if we're not doing anything about it now.

That's actually the most important message I want to say to all of you. We are all confronting this climate uncertainty together, but there will always be some people who are more vulnerable than others, people across the world who are displaced, some that lost their homes and loved ones to climate tragedies. Share your solution, and let's fix the climate change to building a just society.

So my final message to all of us is, don't fix nature. Fix ourselves. We have to be a better job to create a better city so that our home, our city can once again live with nature. Thank you.