Panel discussion as part of the University of Exeter's Festival of Discovery, hosted by the Department of Geography, College of Life and Environmental Sciences.
We’re facing a nature & climate emergency. Sustainable development means living in harmony with nature, but is this possible?
The decline of biological diversity is continuing apace with the UK having some of the lowest biodiversity remaining in countries globally. Around 1-in-10 UK species is threatened with extinction, with the government having failed to reach two-thirds (14 of 20) of its targets agreed on in 2010. We are facing a nature and climate emergency. The 2050 vision of the Convention on Biological Diversity is one of a world ‘Living in harmony with nature’, recognising the critical importance of biodiversity for sustainable human development. Driven by our overconsumption, population growth, and intensive agriculture, biodiversity is in global freefall. Increasing numbers of us are living in built-up urban environments; we are facing a climate emergency with increasing storms and flooding affecting our infrastructure, economy, and health; there is a growing concern that a lack of nature, and access to it, is affecting our physical and mental health at a time when we’re recovering from a global pandemic. How can we balance these concerns with the need to reverse the biodiversity decline? Can we, as the 2050 vision recommends, live in harmony with nature and how might we go about achieving this?
This panel event discussion explores these issues as part of the University of Exeter's Festival of Discovery.
The panelists are:
Ella Moseley (BSc Hons, MCIWEM, CWEM, C.Env, FRGS, CGeog, FLS), Senior Environmental Consultant and Practice Lead for Biodiversity Net Gain at Royal HaskoningDHV;
Liz Fox-Tucker (MRes, CGeog), Principal Natural Scientist and Deputy Head of Government Geography Profession at the UK Government's Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs;
Judy Ling Wong (OBE, CBE, FRSA, HonFCIWEM, HonPhD, HonFIES, HonSocEnv), Honorary President of the Black Environment Network;
Dr Susan Warren (MA Cantab, MSc, PhD), Transformation Director at the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs Countryside Trust and Board Member of Exmoor National Park
The event is chaired by Professor Katrina Brown, Professor Emerita of Social Science, University of Exeter.
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