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20th August 2019

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Tim Dexter

Within the current political climate, we hear a lot about what isn't being done with regard to the environment and climate change, and this difficult truth is being received with a lot of negativity.

“We believe it is just as important to highlight what is being done to combat climate change as to critique what is not being done“

At IEMA, we work hard to ensure that our members, working in various sectors around the world, are not just properly equipped for the change they are bringing about, but recognised for it, too.

We believe it is just as important to highlight what is being done to combat climate change as to critique what is not being done. We want to celebrate the role our members play in driving change. For this reason, IEMA is holding its Sustainability Impact Awards in London this month, celebrating all those organisations and individuals that are carrying out inspiring and game-changing actions. At a time of climate volatility and environmental degradation, the entries we received for the awards have been superb; it's clear these people are working to change things. The categories were designed to reflect a cross-section of those in the sustainability industry who are contributing to expert practices and award-worthy work. I had the pleasure of being on the panel of judges for the awards, seeing the vast range and scope of people's expertise and contributions – something I go into in more detail in this issue of TRANSFORM.

The upcoming global climate strikes that will be taking place this month demonstrate an alignment between the general public, demanding change through protest, and those who are bringing about that change within their sectors and career positions. At a time of change within our government, which wants to work towards a net-zero emissions target, it is an exciting time to be working within the environment and sustainability profession – demanding change takes place.

Tim Balcon, CEO of IEMA

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