The very first – Summer 2020 – edition of Bloomberg Green climate magazine aims to chronicle a new era of climate solutions alongside a frank appraisal of climate facts and figures: “The world has been brought low by the Covid-19 pandemic, but it has the means to rebuild itself better. Let’s take this era of climate solutions as seriously as our real fear of reaching a dead end.”
A terrific article from the ever interesting Open Democracy website on resisting ‘machine mind’ in creating a better future.
Moving in the right direction, but is it just talk? https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-transport/uk-wants-to-be-first-with-carbon-zero-atlantic-commercial-plane-idUKKBN243184
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A timely question in the latest issue of the EL Gazette which concludes: ‘Management gurus agree that if you want a competitive advantage you must be two of the following: cheaper, faster, better or greener. And then you have to prove it.’ To my mind ‘greener’ = ‘better’. Yet another reason to pursue carbon neutrality – and then tell everyone.
A recent survey by Ipsos of 14 countries suggests that, on average, 65% of people want climate change to be prioritised in the economic recovery. Let’s take this chance to avoid going back to business as usual. Read this excellent recent article in The Guardian by George Monbiot.
What does it mean for countries, cities and people to thrive in balance with the planet post Coronavirus? On Wednesday, Amsterdam will become the first city in the world to formally embrace ‘doughnut economics’ aiming to create a thriving city that is also socially just and ecologically safe. Read more here.
Has anyone else noticed how beautiful the countryside is at the moment? Yesterday I was out for my allowed one period of exercise in The UK, which I intend to make the most of. The absence of traffic is a delight. The countryside is quiet, the air is clean and the skies are approaching the depth of blue last seen during the Icelandic volcano airspace shutdown. The night skies, too, are a joy. Let’s try to recognise and remember this and *not* go back to business as usual when Covid-19 is over, instead using it as a springboard from which to continue resetting our relationship with the planet. See here
Crisis can be an opportunity. Some of the measures we are using to tackle Coronavirus could help to maintain the planetary conditions that humanity needs to survive. Excellent article here.
Congratulations to Innovate2020 Conference, 15 – 16 May in Barcelona Spain, promising ‘In the wake of the #ExtinctionRebellion protests, #fridaysforfuture and Dan Barber’s iELT19 declaration that we are in a climate emergency, this year’s conference is going green.’ Look out in particular for the four-hour Workshop on 15 May, ‘Moving towards sustainable ELT.’ Information and booking here.