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Explore 2019 – weekend highlights

Last weekend, the Society welcomed over 350 enthusiastic and dedicated delegates, speakers and exhibitors to Explore 2019.

Swap meat and chocolate puddings to make drastic reductions in school meals’ carbon and water footprints

New research presented at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference reveals that in primary schools in England, beef and lamb dishes make up 5% of the total food served in terms of weight, but account for 37% of the total carbon footprint. Chocolate desserts make up 3% of the total food in terms of weight, but are responsible for 19% of the total water footprint.

In her last lecture as Director, Rita draws on her physical geography background and experience of leading the Society to explore the place of the discipline in a rapidly changing world at home and abroad.

Improving adult basic digital skills

Our response notes that draft standards do not sufficiently recognise important geographical digital skills and privacy issues around geospatial data.