May: Connect: Social and community news
The IEMA community's news for May.
Feeding Britain: Our Food Problems and How to Fix Them
Professor Tim Lang, City, University of London
- How does Britain get its food?
- Why is our current system at breaking point?
- How can we fix it before it is too late?
This book looks at the UK food system: where it comes from, what we eat, its impact, fragilities and strengths. It is a book on the politics of food, arguing that the Brexit vote will force us to review our food system.
Feeding Britain argues that current approaches are short-sighted, against the public interest, and possibly even strategic folly. Setting a new course for UK food is no easy task but it is a process, this book urges, that needs to begin now.
Pelican Books, RRP £25
Too Hot to Handle? The Democratic Challenge of Climate Change
Professor Rebecca Willis, Lancaster University
Scientists are clear that urgent action is needed on climate change, and world leaders agree – yet climate issues barely trouble domestic politics. This book explores a central dilemma of the climate crisis: science demands urgency; politics turns the other cheek. Is it possible to hope for a democratic solution to climate change?
Based on interviews with leading politicians and activists, and the author's 20 years on the frontline of climate politics, it explores why climate is such a challenge for political systems, even when policy solutions exist. It argues that more democracy, not less, is needed to tackle the climate crisis, and suggests practical ways forward.
Bristol University Press, RRP £12.99
Will life actually become more stressful when the lockdown is lifted (for those not on the front line)? 1) Visit family and friends 2) Do 6 months work in 3
3) Go on a round-the-world trip before the next outbreak Or will we have gained perspective from slowing down?
Feeling motivated to continue work on #sustainability as we work towards emerging out of the current crisis. Thanks @iemanet & @SocEnv_HQ for this opportunity & honour! Look forward to being a part of the Chartered Environmentalist network.
Haven't had a chance to properly sit down & read @iemanet Transform magazine for ages. Slowing down, sitting in the garden, sun shining, bees buzzing & birds singing loudly. (Don't think the front cover is aimed at them!)
Massive congratulations to James Ennis, our Senior #Sustainability Consultant Seedling, for attaining the Full Membership @iemanet to become a Chartered Environmentalist!!
A group of 12 leading investment consultancy firms, which advise organisations managing around $10trn (£7.3trn) in assets, have launched a new initiative to help deliver net-zero emissions by 2050.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a new 'Green Claims Code' to ensure businesses are not misleading consumers about their environmental credentials.
The UK government has been “too city-focused” in its climate action and must provide more funding and support to reduce emissions in rural areas, the County Councils Network (CCN) has said.
In 2020, amid the global crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw numerous cross-sector collaborations involving tech companies, aiming to create smart solutions that would amplify positive environmental and social impacts across sectors and organisations – for example in online healthcare or mRNA vaccine platform technology. This led the public health crisis to be referred to as “the digital accelerant of the decade” by US cloud communications platform Twilio.
The UK's largest defined benefit (DB) pension schemes have received a letter from the Make My Money Matter campaign urging them to set net-zero emission targets ahead of the COP26 climate summit later this year.
New jobs that help drive the UK towards net-zero emissions are set to offer salaries that are almost one-third higher than those in carbon-intensive industries, research suggests.