Climate and Environmental Emergency - Declarations and IEMA Next Steps

October 2019

Posted on Oct 23, 2019

The last 18 Months have seen an unprecedented escalation in climate action and concern, with emergency declarations increasing and used to help under-pin and support transitional change. This webinar outlines IEMA’s recent declaration of a Climate and Environmental Emergency, including important early next steps and opportunities for IEMA members to engage. We also learn first-hand from an IEMA member on their own leading experience, approach and organization’s declaration.

Speakers included:

  • Nick Blyth, IEMA Policy Lead
  • James Dixon, Head of Sustainability at Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Fiona Ellis, Director of
  • Colleagues also joined from IEMA’s Climate Change and Energy network for a panel review and Q&A discussion.

This webinar is for all IEMA members as an important opportunity to engage with IEMA’s recent declaration of a Climate and Environmental Emergency. It is an opportunity for members to consider how their professional work can positively connect with emergency-based declarations, potentially for their our own organisations, or in supporting IEMA’s declaration developing programme and broader climate action.


Webinar Slides - N.Blyth, IEMA Policy & Engagement Lead - CLICK HERE

Business Declares Info Pack - F.Ellis, Director of - CLICK HERE

Our Climate Emergency Journey - J.Dixon, Head of Sustainability at Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - CLICK HERE

Comments (2)

  1. Chris:
    Oct 25, 2019 at 09:28 AM

    Personally I feel we should not be approaching 'Extinction Rebellion' as a good thing. My experience is that the tactics this group are using are turning off people in the general population from the subject . I don't want to hear in these presentations about groups who break the law and stop working people from getting to their jobs and costing the economy millions in policing costs and losses to businesses.

  2. Gemma Price:
    Oct 28, 2019 at 01:49 PM

    Hi Chris. We do appreciate there will be mixed views about individual actors and organisations. The core regarding the IEMA emergency declaration is the science and the professional challenge to drive transformative action. Understanding motivation for engagement is therefore part of this and of importance to members seeking to deliver change. Observing the effectiveness of different campaigning organisations is a necessary element of this and our annual workshop with the British Psychological Society Going Green Working Group, provides a forum for further exploration. Webinars provide an opportunity to share perspectives as you have been able to here. Thank you for engaging and adding your view.

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