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REAL Sustainability joined the webinar “Earth Logic – Grow out of Growth” part of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit. Less, or de-growth, requires transformation of mindset and culture. To produce less, we must view having less work as a positive outcome. There needs to be greater value addition from the global South and a change in the media narrative.
REAL Sustainability joined an online discussion hosted by campaign group Possible on its proposed Frequent Flyer Levy (FFL). Aviation emissions are set to increase due to rising demand and lack of low carbon technology. 70% of UK flights are taken by 15% of the population taking three or more return flights annually. FFL would be a progressive tax targeting them.
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Biomimicry is attuning human behaviour with the wider world. Regenerative Leadership is driven by a range of systemic challenges from globalisation to climate breakdown. It proposes new leadership logic where organisations flourish, ecosystems thrive and people feel alive. The growing importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), sustainability and Circular Economics shows things are changing.
The organisation Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi) supports companies in setting and meeting emissions targets in line with the Paris Agreement. Ahead of COP 26, every financial decision needs to take climate change into account. SBTi has launched a financial sector framework to which, currently, 58 financial institutions from 22 countries have committed.
Psychotherapist Rosemary Randell has put together a series of six short videos on how we respond to the climate crisis emotionally. She talks about disavowal and the feelings associated with climate distress. She considers emotions around grief, how to support others and the extremes of hope and despair. She concludes by discussing the “climate journey”.
REAL Sustainability takes a look at The Climate Assembly UK report The Path to Net Zero. The citizens’ assembly was commissioned in 2019 by politicians to consider how to achieve net zero by 2050. It strongly supported the principles of education and fairness. Recommendations considered travel, home, food and land use, goods, power generation, GHG removal and COVID-19 recovery.
John Fullerton joined nRhthym for a webinar to discuss the regenerative economy. John is the founder of The Capital Institute and architect of Regenerative Economics. He discusses some of the eight core principles. Human society is a living system; we need an economy that behaves like a living system. He gives insight into his influences and the importance of self-reflection.
Extinction Rebellion (XR), the mass activist movement focusing on the Climate and Ecological Emergency (CEE), is back on the streets. The focus is on the CEE Bill. XR is also launching Money Rebellion and Small Business Resistance. There are Rebellions in London, Cardiff and Manchester plus a multitude of local actions. Post-COVID, XR urges the government to Build Back Better.
The Climate and Ecological Bill was tabled in parliament by Green MP Caroline Lucas on 2 September 2020. The draft bill was launched as a grassroots campaign led by members of Extinction Rebellion and Big Ask campaign. Its focus is a 1.5oC target, consideration of all emissions (include international), conservation and restoration as well as a Citizens’ Assembly with powers.
The Long Time Project has created a guide to enable policy-makers to integrate long-termism into their work. They build on statutory precedents like the Well-being for Future Generations Act and municipal-level work like the Future Design project. Techniques include The Legacy Question, Empty Chair, Future Generations, Future Personas, Human Layers, Future Generations Impact Assessment and The Museum of Tomorrow.