A Busy Time Full of Opportunities
The start of the year is notoriously busy for many sectors and organisations, and this is also true for the Society for the Environment. And, to add to the usual workload the Society is pushing on with new developments and opportunities.
There is an extensive programme of work in process and under development at the Society, particularly the impactful work which has been undertaken (some through the Environmental Policy Forum) around withdrawing from the EU, such as on the management of fisheries post-Brexit and calling for an independent body for environmental governance, as we did in September last year and for which the need has since been recognised with a consultation due imminently. We’ve also raised our concerns about the ‘Brexit Bill’ to Peers as they begin their line-by-line debates in the Lords today - find out more about the EPF briefing here. Industry engagement is also now an area on which the Society will seek to focus in the times to come, on which the team is busy.
I also am delighted that we are hosting our very first webinar this month on Tuesday 27th, February with the title ‘How to Become a Chartered Environmentalist’. This forms part of an initial four-part webinar series designed to inform and inspire future Chartered Environmentalists and Registered Environmental Technicians. Free registration is now open and available via our website and it would be really great if you would pass this on to those of your colleagues and network who may benefit.
External to the Society, but something that we are keen to address and influence, is the recent release of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs' 25 Year Environment Plan. I am pleased to see this much-awaited plan published, and the Society’s initial reaction can be viewed here. The 25 Year Plan and the consultations which it indicates are to come will be a key topic for discussion in future months with opportunities for our registrants to put their views forward and contribute. Keep an eye out for upcoming updates.
Finally, to follow on from my last update, on behalf of the Society’s Honorary Fellows Panel and Council, on 4th December 2017 I presented the award of HonFSE to Professor Jim Longhurst CEnv, who then gave the Inaugural HonFSE Lecture 2017. Jim presented a really valuable, incisive and thought provoking review on the often contentious, challenging and important subject of air pollution:
“Are We Really Serious About Managing Air Quality?” (And, what does our experience tell us we are good and bad at, and what should we do about it?). The slides from this presentation are now available here.
For more updates, and some exciting statistics please jump across to the blog by the Society’s CEO, Dr Emma Wilcox.
We look forward to 2018 and beyond, and to the opportunities before us. If there are subjects or matters which you think we should be embracing, please do drop me a line. I look forward to hearing from you.
Professor Will Pope HonFSE CEnv - Chair of the Society for the Environment.