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Raising the Profile of World Environment Day & Working Together - Thoughts From CEnv of the Year 2014

Posted By Phil Underwood, 08 June 2017
Updated: 23 June 2017

Dr Martin Bigg, Chartered Environmentalist of the Year 2014, discusses working together to make a difference and encourages environmental professions to raise the profile of environmental issues. 

Martin says; "Environmental, sustainability, green, whatever title we like to give ourselves, we are very good at working together, and agreeing amongst ourselves on issues and possible actions and solutions. We are more comfortable and avoid confrontation. I plead guilty to this, when working with environmental professionals, environmentally committed students, businesses, NGOs and community groups.

On World Environment Day I visited Essen, the European Green Capital 2017. Sharing experiences of Bristol, the 2015 European Green Capital, I learnt of the transition from a place dominated by coal mining and steel manufacturing and associated challenges, to an environmentally committed green capital. Significant changes were achieved by confronting the issues.

At a meeting organised by the World Bank I spoke with a large delegation of leading officials and regulators from the Chinese national, regional and local government. They are facing air quality issues way beyond our local but serious problems.We have an obligation to share our knowledge and experience, successes and failures to meet such challenges. This applies not only where our professional involvement is sought but also where there is ignorance or denial, internationally or nationally.

As we raise awareness through World Environment Day I encourage colleagues to raise the profile and importance of environmental issues. Despite public concern about the environment and climate change it has not featured significantly in the run up to the UK general election. It is an education to read the very different commitments or absence of commitments in the manifestos.

Why not question those standing to represent us, on their values and aspirations, step outside our comfort zone and prepare to work with those who may not share our ideas? It may not be easy, and could be testing and challenging, but ultimately we all could be stronger for it.

Together we can make the world a better place for everyone."


Dr Martin Bigg CEnv accepting the award for Chartered Environmentalist of the Year 2014. 


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society for the Environment. 

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Expert Speakers at the World Environment Day Conference Have Their Say

Posted By Phil Underwood, 15 May 2017

World Environment Day and the aptly named World Environment Day Conference are exactly three weeks away today! 

      

To mark the occasion we have been discussing what this globally significant day means to the experts who will be speaking at the World Environment Day Conference in London on the 5th June 2017. Each of the four main speakers, as well as the conference chair and special guest Savita Custead, happily contributed.

We are delighted with the responses that all illustrate the importance of World Environment Day and their passion for using it as a tool to further promote environmental and sustainable practices, collaboration and general awareness. We hope that you find their thoughts interesting:


"World Environment Day highlights the need for international collaboration in order to both solve global challenges, and to share expertise in tackling more localised environmental problems. Society for the Environment is the foremost U.K. organisation to assist in brokering the multi-stakeholder and cross-disciplinary initiatives that are needed, by working closely with its 24 Licensed Bodies and providing a collective voice for environmental professionals."

 - Professor Carolyn Roberts CEnv, Vice President of the Institution of Environmental Sciences.


"Few people would say that they do not care about the environment but with the complex and growing pressures on individual lives and communities, it is hard for people to focus on doing something practical to protect and enhance their environment. World Environment Day is a great way of focusing busy minds on taking actions, however small, to improve our world, now and forever. Whether it is a local action to plant a tree, a national action to develop a future proof city region or a global action to curb environmentally damaging trade, we can all play a part and celebrate together on the 5th of June."

 - Dougal Driver CEnv, Vice Chair for the Society for the Environment 


"Collaborating across disciplines is central to CIWEM’s integrated approach for water and environmental management. In this context, professional registration – to recognise individual expertise and promote professional standards – is becoming increasingly relevant, especially in the “post-truth” political environment that that has gained momentum over the past year. World Environment Day 2017, with a focus on partnership and its importance to the value of nature, is an opportunity to reaffirm our evidence-based approach to environmental sustainability."

 - David McHugh, Trustee of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management. 


"Today, for one day, let's not be scientists. Let's not explain nature with complex algebra, or demonstrate its value with economic models. Rather, today, let's go outside and let our feet feel the earth beneath them, our faces feel the sun (or the rain!) and our spirits soar with the joy of that perfect shade of green that artists strive to reproduce. This planet is our home. It matters."

 - Dr Stephanie Wray CEnv, President of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.


"World Environment Day is a driver for establishing collective opportunities between these experts, providing a platform to influence environmental management on a wider scale, and a great opportunity to demonstrate commitment to the understanding that mankind cannot be green by regulation alone. However, when considering the continued impact that we have on the environment across all sectors, the awareness of this highly pertinent UN initiative is still too low, which we aim to change."

 - Dr Peter Matthews CBE OBE, Chair of the Society for the Environment


"We’re thrilled to be launching Festival of Nature at such an important national event for the sector. World Environment Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about all of the important issues facing our natural world, and more importantly, to create more alliances to work together."

 - Savita Custead, Chief Executive of Bristol Natural History Consortium


 

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