Hassell is one of the founding members of Architects Declare in Singapore, the first country in Asia to launch the petition.
Although somewhat protected by its equatorial location and its “City in a Garden” policies, Singapore has also been experiencing the twin crises of climate breakdown and loss of biodiversity with increasing periods of drought and higher temperatures.
Architects Declare is a global petition sitting under the umbrella Construction Declares, uniting all strands of the construction and built environment industry. It is both a public declaration of our planet’s environmental crises and a commitment to take positive action in response to climate breakdown and biodiversity collapse.
This Climate Declaration is a call to action for everyone working in construction and the built environment to meet the needs of our societies without breaching the earth’s ecological boundaries.
Hassell signed the petition in the UK in May 2019 and in Australia in July 2019. Australia was the third country in the world to launch Architects Declare and the first to include reference to Indigenous peoples.