World Environment Day and the aptly named World Environment Day Conference are exactly three weeks away today!
To mark the occasion we have been discussing what this globally significant day means to the experts who will be speaking at the World Environment Day Conference in London on the 5th June 2017. Each of the four main speakers, as well as the conference chair and special guest Savita Custead, happily contributed.
We are delighted with the responses that all illustrate the importance of World Environment Day and their passion for using it as a tool to further promote environmental and sustainable practices, collaboration and general awareness. We hope that you find their thoughts interesting:
"World Environment Day highlights the need for international collaboration in order to both solve global challenges, and to share expertise in tackling more localised environmental problems. Society for the Environment is the foremost U.K. organisation to assist in brokering the multi-stakeholder and cross-disciplinary initiatives that are needed, by working closely with its 24 Licensed Bodies and providing a collective voice for environmental professionals."
Carolyn Roberts CEnv, Vice President of the Institution of Environmental Sciences.
"Few people would say that they do not care about the environment but with the complex and growing pressures on individual lives and communities, it is hard for people to focus on doing something practical to protect and enhance their environment. World Environment Day is a great way of focusing busy minds on taking actions, however small, to improve our world, now and forever. Whether it is a local action to plant a tree, a national action to develop a future proof city region or a global action to curb environmentally damaging trade, we can all play a part and celebrate together on the 5th of June."
- Dougal Driver CEnv, Vice Chair for the Society for the Environment
"Collaborating across disciplines is central to CIWEM’s integrated approach for water and environmental management. In this context, professional registration – to recognise individual expertise and promote professional standards – is becoming increasingly relevant, especially in the “post-truth” political environment that that has gained momentum over the past year. World Environment Day 2017, with a focus on partnership and its importance to the value of nature, is an opportunity to reaffirm our evidence-based approach to environmental sustainability."
- David McHugh, Trustee of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.
"Today, for one day, let's not be scientists. Let's not explain nature with complex algebra, or demonstrate its value with economic models. Rather, today, let's go outside and let our feet feel the earth beneath them, our faces feel the sun (or the rain!) and our spirits soar with the joy of that perfect shade of green that artists strive to reproduce. This planet is our home. It matters."
- Dr Stephanie Wray CEnv, President of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.
"World Environment Day is a driver for establishing collective opportunities between these experts, providing a platform to influence environmental management on a wider scale, and a great opportunity to demonstrate commitment to the understanding that mankind cannot be green by regulation alone. However, when considering the continued impact that we have on the environment across all sectors, the awareness of this highly pertinent UN initiative is still too low, which we aim to change."
- Dr Peter Matthews CBE OBE, Chair of the Society for the Environment
"We’re thrilled to be launching Festival of Nature at such an important national event for the sector. World Environment Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about all of the important issues facing our natural world, and more importantly, to create more alliances to work together."
- Savita Custead, Chief Executive of Bristol Natural History Consortium
World Environment Day Conference
For further details and to register to attend this expert led conference, please visit the event listing.