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No Planet B

We received the grades from the University of Cambridge Business Sustainability Management course today – a high pass! Yes! 

That is great. 

The more we learn the louder the call to action becomes. There is no planet ‘B’.

And for those of you who do not have the inclination, time or money to spend, you should know three things which were amongst the masses of information that I learnt from the course and might have an impact:

1. We eat too much meat. If cattle were a country, they would rank third in greenhouse gas 

emissions. The UN Food and Agriculture Association states that by 2050 that will have gone up by 70%. It has increased five-fold since 1961.

2. Our economic model is linear, and we are taking-making-using-wasting too much. Our economic model must become circular, starting at the design stage of businesses and products.

We are using the resources of 1.7 planets. One hundred per cent of economic activity is dependent on the services and benefits provided by nature

3.Many economic systems are not fit for purpose. The purpose is for us too live long happy lives, no? The longest-living and happiest social economic structures are countries with high levels of education: education is key to everything. 

If you want to see the great thinker and debater Tony Juniper in person, join me in going to a talk on the morning onThursday, 21st November 2019onBiodiversity and species protection, in London at the Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW, organised by Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum (linkhere). See you there!

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