3 January 2020
The UN has named 2020 ‘a “super year” for the environment—a make or break year in which key international meetings will set the tone and agenda for environmental action in the decade ahead.’ COP 26 in Glasgow in November will bring the UK into the spotlight, and public awareness is on the rise after a year of record temperatures and protests. A number of our member organisations declared climate emergencies in 2019 and many more set targets for a pathway to net zero. There has never been a more urgent time for action to address the climate and ecological crisis and we are stepping up to the plate to play our part by driving collaboration and practical action across sectors.
We have announced a dynamic and relevant events programme that responds to the needs of members and covers the breadth of climate change and sustainability issues. Some key topics for this year are:
We also have tours and site visits planned, because we know that sometimes the best way to learn and be inspired is to see successful or innovative projects in action. 2020 tours include a behind the scenes tour of the Northern Estates Programme as part of the Houses of Parliament refurbishment. We are also hosting a Scotland members’ round-table in May. View and sign up to all of our 2020 events.
The bigger our membership, the more ideas, expertise and practical experience can be shared. Our network has proven that cross-sector collaboration can drive action and create real change. We will be reaching out further to the public sector this year, and to the heritage sector through our partnership with Heritage Fund. We will also be continuing to work closely with the third-sector to involve even more charities at this crucial time. We are looking forward to welcoming new organisations and practitioners throughout 2020. Contact us if you are not yet involved and want to find out more.
We are currently recruiting a new Chair to lead the Network during this important year and beyond, and will be further growing our team during 2020. Watch this space for updates.
We are in the process of refreshing our strategy to best reflect the urgency of the climate and ecological challenge that is being echoed across the Network.