How You Can Address the Climate Emergency and Biodiversity Crisis

One of the key aims of the Action 2030 group is to provide information and advice to members on how they can help to address the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis through their professional work. A summary of our Action 2030 project to date was published in the June 2020 edition of In Practice. In a blog for World Environment Day 2020, CIEEM Head of Policy and Communications, Jason Reeves, also provides a backdrop to why we are in a climate emergency and biodiversity crisis and how we can all step up and take action.

We will be working to deliver webinars, training, conferences and articles on how we, as a sector, can go further to address these joint crises. Ecologists and environmental managers are already at the forefront in driving the recovery of the natural environment, but there is still work to be done by all to reverse the trends. Our 2020 Summer Conference, held jointly by Action 2030 and the Ecological Restoration and Habitat Creation Special Interest Group, looked at ‘Climate and Biodiversity Crises: Professional Approaches and Practical Actions’.

We will gather resources on this page over the coming months as they are published so please do check for updates.

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Reaching ‘Net-Zero’

Melody Stokes, a member of the Action 2030 Group, and Amber Connett, our Policy and Communications Officer, recently ran a webinar titled ‘Climate Crisis: First Steps for Ecologists’. This webinar explains the basics of carbon reduction and some first steps that we and our organisations can take. It also explains the background of carbon reporting and how to report your carbon footprint, exploring Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions. We introduced our own methods as an institute to explore how you can analyse your footprint and how to develop carbon reduction plans and monitor your success. Keep an eye out for more webinars coming soon!

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Group members Jean Hamilton and Tamsin Morris, published an article in the September 2020 edition of In Practice looking at the options for Sustainable Transport in the Ecology Sector. This article was underpinned by a survey of our members on the barriers to using sustainable transport options at work and how we might address them! We would love to carry on the discussion and hear your tips and ideas on how we can all reduce carbon emissions in our day-to-day work over on LinkedIn!

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Pension providers

One of the first actions we have taken was to review our pension provider’s action on climate and biodiversity and the investment options that we use as a Secretariat. We already have an ethical investment option available but we were also keen to encourage our provider to go further by writing and requesting further information on how they will meet 2050 net zero targets and address the ongoing declines in biodiversity across all available options.

We have now produced a template letter for you to use to contact your own pension provider and encourage them to consider how they can make a difference. The more specific to their investment packages the better, so we encourage you to review these first and make reference to them in the letter.

Letter Template 

Sustainable Environmental Solutions in Ecology

Action 2030 group members, Ria Monckton and Rachael Maddison, recently published an In Practice article on the use of sustainable materials in ecology and environmental management. The article looks at alternative options in areas which currently use single use plastics and other potentially environmentally damaging materials. We would also love to hear your ideas for alternatives over on LinkedIn!

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