Power to the profession

3rd May 2017


Related Topics

Related tags

  • Politics & Economics ,
  • England ,
  • EU ,
  • Northern Ireland ,
  • Scotland

Author

Amy Taylor

A chance to shape IEMA's election response.

Last month, UK prime minister Theresa May called a snap (some may say shock) general election, with a startling seven-week run-up. This is a chance not just to elect leadership, but also an opportunity for practitioners to take the temperature of how you think the current parliament has performed in terms of environment and sustainability.

What do you expect to see from the next government? We want to know your views. We’ll be sending you a short poll giving you the chance to air your thoughts. Last year we had almost 4,000 responses from a similar series of pre-EU referendum polls, and it’s time to ask you again what you feel should be the sustainability priorities for whoever is in power from 9 June.

So, when you receive your e-mail with links to take part, just click and let us know the strength of your feelings. We’ll take the results to the media within 48 hours, so you’ll see your views making headlines very quickly. Let’s make our voices heard in this tumultuous time. Your opinions do more than shape who you are, they also shape how the profession thinks, interacts and intersects on key issues.

Later this year, you’ll have another chance to shape consensus and affect government policy. We’ll be publishing a report on the ‘golden age of infrastructure’, exploring, examining and explaining to stakeholders how sustainability skills are key to developing and delivering major transport and utility projects. Each of these projects – whether individually or collectively – can boost productivity and jobs, but they can also have immense environmental impacts if our profession does not have the right input.

We’ll tell you more about it in the months ahead, but first we need your views to help to shape what the report says and how we say it. We’re about to invite you to take part in a survey on sustainability skills in infrastructure developments, so please spare 15 minutes to add your views before the poll closes later this month. The bigger the response rate, the more robust the report will be when we take it to the government, the media and other professions later this year.

Your time is valuable, I know that – but so is the direction the country takes to ensuring environment and sustainability is infused into infrastructure for a thriving post-Brexit landscape. I’m asking you to ensure our profession is seen and heard on crucial issues. We cannot miss these opportunities to influence and inform, and we do that best collectively. Our voice is more resonant when we call together.

Get involved, and let’s bring power to the profession.

Subscribe

Subscribe to IEMA's newsletters to receive timely articles, expert opinions, event announcements, and much more, directly in your inbox.


Transform articles

Fake news

Disinformation about the impossibility of averting the climate crisis is part of an alarming turn in denialist tactics, writes David Burrows

6th June 2024

Read more

Rivers and waterways across England and Wales are increasingly polluted by sewage spills. What is causing the crisis and what is being done to tackle it? Huw Morris reports

31st May 2024

Read more

In January, the Welsh government consulted on a proposed white paper, 'Securing a Sustainable Future: Environmental Principles, Governance and Biodiversity Targets for a Greener Wales'.

31st May 2024

Read more

Gillian Gibson calls for urgent action to avoid environmental tipping points

20th May 2024

Read more

Support for net zero remains high across the UK and the EU, but the majority of citizens don't believe that major emitters and governments will reach their climate targets in time.

16th May 2024

Read more

Media enquires

Looking for an expert to speak at an event or comment on an item in the news?

Find an expert

IEMA Cookie Notice

Clicking the ‘Accept all’ button means you are accepting analytics and third-party cookies. Our website uses necessary cookies which are required in order to make our website work. In addition to these, we use analytics and third-party cookies to optimise site functionality and give you the best possible experience. To control which cookies are set, click ‘Settings’. To learn more about cookies, how we use them on our website and how to change your cookie settings please view our cookie policy.

Manage cookie settings

Our use of cookies

You can learn more detailed information in our cookie policy.

Some cookies are essential, but non-essential cookies help us to improve the experience on our site by providing insights into how the site is being used. To maintain privacy management, this relies on cookie identifiers. Resetting or deleting your browser cookies will reset these preferences.

Essential cookies

These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.

Analytics cookies

These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works.

Advertising cookies

These cookies allow us to tailor advertising to you based on your interests. If you do not accept these cookies, you will still see adverts, but these will be more generic.

Save and close