Challenges to the status quo

31st May 2023


Hello, and welcome to another edition of Transform magazine.

It is always a pleasure to spend time with you, our amazing members. The conversations that we have, and your passion for making the world a better place, are among the best parts of the job. However, many of you I speak to express frustration that thought leaders are not being clear enough about what we need to do to make the world a better place.

There is no such obfuscation with Jayati Ghosh. An academic and author with a powerful intellect, Dr Ghosh is a past winner of a UN Development programme prize. She is clear in her views – inequality is the root cause of climate change and we must do something about that. Read her thoughts on private jets and the COP process in her interview with Chris Seekings.

One group of activists that have put civil disobedience at the front of their strategy is Extinction Rebellion. But are their tactics more, or less, likely to bring about societal change? Chris considers the arguments for and against. As the seasons change, many in the North will be heading out for a set of clothes for holidays or other events to mark the change in the weather. But, as Huw Morris reports, fast fashion is bad for the environment, bad for the communities that make it and entrenches inequality. Read his report on how rich countries need to kick their fast fashion habit to save the planet.

“Fast fashion is bad for the environment, bad for the communities that make it and entrenches inequality”

What things on Earth can you see from space? If you asked a colleague that question, air quality might not be one of the things identified. Rick Gould updates us on how TEMPO equipment on the Intelsat 40e satellite will help us model and mitigate air pollution on terra firma.

As always, do get in touch if you have any content ideas or suggestions on how we can improve. We welcome your thoughts and comments.

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Alex Veitch from the British Chambers of Commerce and IEMA’s Ben Goodwin discuss with Chris Seekings how to unlock the potential of UK businesses

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Regulatory gaps between the EU and UK are beginning to appear, warns Neil Howe in this edition’s environmental legislation round-up

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