Foundation 23 - Re-materializing Construction

64 Forum conclusions There’s no easy way Rt Hon Simon Upton summed up the findings of the 6 th LafargeHolcim Forum in a precise and forthright manner – and he touched on many sensitive areas. Simon Upton was impressed by the lively discussions, presenta- tions, and workshops of the LafargeHolcim Forum. Such exchang- es of information are urgently needed because, as he said: “There is a serious need for education and it applies to everyone in this room as well, starting with myself.” The world as it is today has become so complex that continual learning is now a precondition for bringing about any form of substantial change. Today, says Upton, we find ourselves on a treadmill of materi- al-path dependency. Steel and concrete shape our world, but “Trees, I’m afraid, are not the answer to carbon emissions.”