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Session 2: Engaging to protect and enhance the natural environment now

About this event

Are we ready for COP 26? The engagement sessions.

Overview

As we approach COP26 the impacts of climate change and the ecological crisis have been well expressed in firstly, the Committee on Climate Change’s 4th Risk Assessment and the even more disturbing report from the IPCC described by the UN Secretary-General as ‘Code Red for Humanity’. Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser and five other scientific advisers wrote in response, "transformation is required at every level of society: individuals, employers, institutions and international partners will need to work together to understand the trade-offs, agree on compromises and seize opportunities.”

These three webinar sessions on 9th and 23rd September and 7th October leading up to COP26 will explore how we can take the opportunities available to act with the agency required.

Session 2: Engaging to protect and enhance the natural environment now

There is more than sufficient evidence about the impact of climate change and the decline in biodiversity. The UK is one of the most nature depleted countries in the world. We are misusing our natural resources with the intensification of agriculture, pollution of our rivers, serious decline in all species and most critically our pollinators. The Committee on Climate Change Third Climate Risk Assessment published in June 2021 made it very clear that while mitigation is needed to reduce further emissions, we also need adaptation to handle the greenhouse gases already ‘baked in’ to the atmosphere. But adaptation and mitigation have not been successfully integrated to date across government policy. It is clear that we will need standards and regulations to achieve the degree of change needed. What else should we do?

Time to rethink how we can all engage on these critical environmental issues?

Hosted by

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    Julie Hill MBE Chair @ Institution on Environmental Sciences

    Julie Hill has had a career in environmental policy and politics, and presently holds a number of governance roles.

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    Jane Findlay President @ Landscape Institute

    Jane Findlay is a Landscape Architect, the founding director of Fira. Jane is President of the Landscape Institute taking up her post in July 2020.

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    Kathryn Brown Director for Climate Change @ Wildlife Trusts

    Kathryn is one of the UK’s leading experts on climate change adaptation. As Head of Adaptation, she directed the production of the UK’s most recent Independent Assessment of Climate Risk (CCRA3). She is currently on secondment at the Wildlife Trusts as their acting Director for Climate Action.

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    Matt Browne Advocay Lead @ Wildlife and Countryside Link

    Matt Browne is Advocacy Lead at Wildlife Countryside Link, leading Link’s Parliamentary and Government Affairs work.