2022 Member Pledges

Since we declared an interlinked climate emergency and biodiversity crisis in 2019, the recognition of the need for urgent action at every level has grown. Governments have come together to agree new action plans for keeping temperature rises below 1.5 degrees Celsius at COP26, Part 1 of the biodiversity summit COP15 has been and gone with a new Global Framework for Biodiversity to be finalised in April, and business and individuals have taken up the mantle of reducing their own carbon footprint to reach net zero emissions by 2030.

If we are to reach these targets in the next eight years, and reverse the decline of biodiversity, we cannot lose this momentum. We must work to our strengths, and collaborate with others to address challenges in a joined up way. A systems-thinking approach to projects is needed to avoid unintended impacts, maximise benefits and achieve transformative change[1].

It is becoming widely recognised that Nature-based Solutions must play a key role in mitigating against and adapting to climate change, putting ecologists and environmental managers at the forefront of action to address both the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis. It is essential that we act as visible champions for change in wider society and are aware of how we can reduce our own operational impacts.

We urge our members to commit yourselves to action over the next year, and every year after that until we reverse the trends we see today.

The pledges below are just a selection of the many ways you can increase your impact even further and show what you want to champion within your team, to your employers or in the projects you are working on. Some of these may also inspire change in your personal lives or your personal network, and we encourage action at every level!

Please select one or more of the pledges below and submit with your name so we can list you and your pledge on our website.

Submit your CIEEM Member Action Pledge here

Pledges for 2022

As an Ecologist or Environmental Manager at the forefront of addressing the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis, I commit to doing the following to help us become Nature Positive and Net-Zero by 2030:

Carbon

Record a baseline carbon footprint and develop a Carbon Reduction Plan to reach net zero by 2030, either as an individual/household or working with my organisation/team.

Develop a scheme, with targets and a timescale, to increase sustainable transport use for work or encourage my employer to develop a scheme.

Support carbon reduction/certified offsetting projects that utilise the full suite of carbon-rich habitats, created and restored in areas that are suited to their edaphic and climatic requirements and which simultaneously restore biodiversity. Record the hectares of which habitat you have supported. How many tonnes of carbon per hectare, per year is this expected to sequester?[2]

Biodiversity

Ensure when creating or restoring habitats that I/my team minimise carbon losses and maximise carbon gains whilst delivering biodiversity benefits. Record the hectares of different habitats I have supported.

Ensure when creating or restoring diverse habitats that other ecosystem services benefit as far as possible. Record effective outcomes in terms of hectares and specific ecosystem services, for example by using an Environmental Net Gain or natural capital approach.

Waste and Resources

Create a waste and resource use reduction plan, with targets and a timescale, for myself or in collaboration with my organisation to reduce the volume of waste to landfill and water/energy use.

Influencing, Sharing and Learning

Work with stakeholders and others to develop ideas and recognise strengths in their areas of influence, to encourage them to take action to protect/enhance biodiversity, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and positively benefit wider ecosystem services.[3]

Undertake a local project/action to raise the profile of the inter-related nature of the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis, for example by engaging with your MP/Local Authority, or supporting a local nature partnership.

Creating Your Own Action Plan

We are always looking for fresh perspectives on steps we can take to address the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis. Please submit your action at the link below. Actions should be measurable.

Submit your CIEEM Member Action Pledge here

We will showcase your pledges on our Action 2030 webpage and create a report highlighting the commitments made.

It is important that these commitments are followed by action – and we would love to hear about it! If you have taken steps as part of your pledge, let us know at policy@cieem.net and we can share it to inspire others.

Useful Resources

Carbon

Biodiversity and ecosystem services

Transformative change and eco-anxiety 

Footnotes

[1] Towards a sustainable future: transformative change and post-COVID-19 priorities (EASAC – Science Advice for the Benefit of Europe, 2020)

[2] This pledge may relate to when you are offsetting your unavoidable emissions (we have set out some principles for selecting carbon offset projects in our Carbon Reduction Plan) or in projects you are involved in implementing as part of your work.

[3] This might include professionals from other sectors, friends, family or your wider network!