Climate Change Expert Panel

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In the run up to COP26, Geoff was invited to join a ‘Climate Change Expert Panel’ hosted by the International Interdisciplinary Environmental Association and the Laboratorio Nacional de Ciencias de la Sostenibilidad-IE at UNAM in Mexico, the largest university in Latin America. The Chair was Dr. Paola M. Garcia-Meneses, a member of the Climate Change and Sustainable Cities Working Committees of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

The panel also included Dr. Ana Cecilia Conde Álvarez, General Coordinator of Adaptation to Climate Change of the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (INECC) and part of the Mexican delegation to negotiate the Paris Agreement. She is also the Lead Author of the Sixth IPCC Report on “Decision-making options for managing risk”. And Professor Iain Stewart, the El Hassan bin Talal Research Chair in Sustainability at the Royal Scientific Society (Amman, Jordan), Visiting Professor in Environmental Studies at Ashoka University, India, and Professor of Geoscience Communication at the University of Plymouth.

Trophy Hunt book cover

The panel came from a range of disciplines; it was a chance for Geoff to discuss the psychological barriers to climate change, and highlight the great gap between expressed values and actual sustainable behaviour in most people’s lives. We could all do more and demand more from our politicians. So why aren’t we? Geoff outlined the psychology behind this. The discussion, he reported, was excellent.

Book cover 'the psychology of climate change.

Geoff did an interview on the 29th October with Business Daily on the BBC World Service on the psychology of trophy hunting based on his book ‘Trophy Hunting: A Psychological Perspective’. The programme also involved interviews with the famous conservationist Richard Leakey and a representative of the Born Free Foundation.

Can Poetry Help us Articulate the Universal as Personal?

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As the spotlight lands firmly on the upcoming COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow, I have reached into my poetry collection and dwelt a little on the poems that tell stories of my relationship with the world around me. John Clare’s All Nature Has A Feeling could not resonate more. We are grappling with the day-to-day questions of living – reaching that potential, negotiating relationships, dreams, disappointments, hope. We are, even as we react to issues of environmental crisis, going about our lives, striving, failing, succeeding, defining who we are, as if the fight is out there, apart from our identities.

But who are we?

Read further how poetry can help us answer some of these questions: https://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/isr/can-poetry-help-us-articulate-the-universal-as-personal/

Sustainability, Climate Change and ‘Disruption’

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Disruption. It can take many forms. It can come suddenly and unexpectedly, like an un-forecasted storm or major crisis like the Covid-19 pandemic. We may see it is coming, such as the planned transport workers strike in Glasgow during the COP26 Climate Summit. Or it may be a gradual process, like the ‘disruptive’ changes that social media technologies have made to how we communicate and relate to one another.

We generally do not like disruption. It causes problems, uncertainty, risk and a loss of control. But disruption can also challenge us in positive ways. It can make us sit up and think, awaken us to take things more seriously that deserve our attention, or present common opportunities to make the world a better place.

Professor Christopher Dent is the Chair of the Sustainability Festival organising committee and the Director of SustainNET, read the rest of the post: https://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/isr/sustainability-climate-change-and-disruption/

The Sustainability Festival is coming… be prepared to connect, engage and be inspired

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The University’s Sustainability Festival – taking place Monday 1st to Friday 5th November – is a chance for everyone at Edge Hill and beyond to come together to feel part of a collective of people that want to make our world a better, more sustainable place.

It coincides with the first week of the COP26 Climate Summit the UK is hosting in Glasgow, and the Sustainability Festival is organised over five Day Themes, such as ‘Move it Monday’ (special focus on transport and mobility).

Christopher Dent is a Professor of International Business and Economics in the Business School and Director: SustainNET. Please get in contact with him if you wish to be part of the Festival or become a SustainNET Member. Read the rest of the festival post: https://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/isr/the-sustainability-festival-is-coming-be-prepared-to-connect-engage-and-be-inspired/

Excitement builds for Edge Hill’s major new Sustainability Festival

Excitement is building ahead of Edge Hill’s major new Sustainability Festival, which takes place next week. 

The University campus will be buzzing with activity between Monday 1 and Friday 5 November as students, staff, eco-friendly organisations and members of the public come together to share ideas on how to work and live more sustainably. 

The festival, organised to coincide with the first week of the COP26 climate summit being hosted by the UK in Glasgow, aims to celebrate Edge Hill’s dedication to advancing sustainability and encourage everyone to look at the world in new ways. 

Read further and find out the programme highlights including a talk by Joshua Styles: https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/news/2021/10/excitement-builds-for-edge-hills-major-new-sustainability-festival/