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At a Business beyond covid-19: Resilience and recovery webinar this morning, from The Economist, the virtual panel discussion on resilience and recovery was music to my ears!

Speakers Bob Ward, policy director at the Grantham Research Institute, Nina Seega, research director for sustainable finance, Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership, Alastair Hamilton, associate partner at McKinsey and William Hobbs, chief investment officer, wealth management & investment, Barclays UK set the scene very clearly, regarding the huge economic gains of decarbonising now, while financial systems are trying to help in the recovery.

They talked about only “being in the foothills of the digital transformation” and how businesses must gear up for the 4th industrial Revolution and re-tool the workforce for it.

They healthily talked about the lag between job destruction and construction, and that now was the time to focus on the changes as later on could be detrimental to businesses and potentially missed.

John Ferguson asked how we avoid a coalfired recovery, to which the panel robustly said, having been vulnerable to the pandemic, companies are realising to be resilient to future global threats reducing emissions is key – “you can’t build sea walls so high”.   

It was made clear investing in fossil fuels was fiscally the wrong decision; assets risk being stranded [again] in reaching the 2050 government and 2030 ‘others’ net zero emissions targets. It is important to look at supply chains and employee practices (we have FREE resources for the latter-just ask).

As we start to enter the hurricane season, with record sea surface temperatures (you won’t find a sceptic in the world to argue warmer seas = more storms, its basic earth systems science), stress testing is vital. We’ve had that through the pandemic, now let’s use the recovery grants to ensure a low carbon pathway is planned in, from now. This is because we can still affect the trajectory.

It was clear the panel wanted business to be more involved with policy change and being in communications with governments. On asking how a low oil price affects all this, the panel made clear businesses can enthuse government to taxing fossil fuels.

The virtual panel were moderated by John Ferguson, country analysis director from The Economist Intelligence Unit. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact them at events@economist.com.

Funnily enough, we are currently writing the training for businesses to get ready for flooding in Cornwall, if you want in, its free, get in touch soon. All this and more, will be shared.

luci@climatevision.co.uk (Staff plan and business resilience training in Cornwall – both free).

 

 

The Biggest Carbon Crash Ever Recorded.

RECRUITING:

SUPER people who wish to re-think their position in the world

having lived through the biggest carbon crash ever recorded1.

Brush yourself down, now, what amount of climate change do you want in the future? You need to choose right now, as its affected by the dirty stuff we let go up into the sky in the past and what you do today, how you spend your money today and if you value yourself today – I do, so come on!

Groovy Solar & Wind, outshines Coal

Do you fall asleep when you hear “financial markets”? Well – its important. “Renewable energy is one of the few sectors that has managed to weather the devastating effects of coronavirus… Renewable energy is clearly robust in this market. We’re actually not seeing a slowdown in deals at all.”2 I sympathise, it might seem boring, but some of us are ecstatic, but ask yourself, how will you look after children if a heatwave affects us now? Shall we dodge the heatwave worsening now? Can you shape markets and policy by making your stand now and weave low carbon solutions into our recovery, to push that other disaster away, as we grow back? Many now buy electricity from the sun or wind, if you don’t, please switch now, it is the quickest and easiest way to have a huge impact, and it doesn’t take long – excuses are old-fashioned now!Use of renewables (sun and wind etc) has exceeded coal, even in the US because when demand falls, energy from the sun and wind is cleaner and cheaper3. This is the closest thing to a vaccine for climate change. The fantastic Committee on Climate Change rate climate investments to support economic recovery and jobs4. Be the investor, as an individual, you. You can register you have done it here.

My money

So, when you shop, you think it’s cheaper to buy bulk at the supermarket? Its quicker etc Organic and local is dearer etc? Well your folks probably ate organic and local as they grew up – it was normal. Now we can choose cheaper foods, made in bulk, preserved, travelling far from cheaper sources to supermarkets. Take a moment to look at that list of ingredients. Was your body made to take that in? What about that journey it is has made, can you see the dirty stuff going up into the sky? That contributes to making those floods worse (that happened in February this year5, yes, we have already forgotten). Do you want more of that in your body, do you want to be the lady in the boat leaving your ruined home? Do you want to be the 1 in 2? Yes, we can say we can’t afford it, but for 10 years now I have been testing locally sourced foods against supermarket buying and I’d say, test it yourself. After all, when, like in February 2020 transport was affected by the floods, do you think the supermarkets will always have supplies? You’ve had a taster now. This is really why we have (2), we would like to get you into a rhythm of trying, twice a week, to buy locally, to know where your natural Vitamin C and protein is, as the implications of that are far reaching and you’ll have a nice time, I promise.

You need to talk to yourself about Climate

Having confidence in anything today is hard! So, have it in yourself. Believe it when you hear Mark Carney say “Firms that align their business models to the transition to a net zero world will be rewarded handsomely. Those that fail to adapt will cease to exist”6 It couldn’t be clearer. You can talk to those you pay your money to. We finally have something concrete and clear to say. Find your favourite 5 sentences in this article and say them to yourself in the mirror until you are confident. Have a read around the subject, perhaps add your own? This is (3). Build on what you know, you will help civilisation. David Tyler Ex-Sainsburys said “We can see the Himalaya for the first time in 30 years – our lungs are important!”7

For those in business or running organisations, how will your strategy be affected by a 4 degree rise by 2050 (IPCC emission scenario), (2-3 degrees by 2030)? Your power and water supplies will be affected, including travel, we have had that taster, including supplies in and of course out. So, getting your head round these actions personally now, paves the way. A recent Chapter Zero7 Webinar found of those attending, 56% had informed boards, don’t get left behind, remember Carney’s “Those that fail to adapt will cease to exist” above. Put it on your agenda – regular item. Boom.

I STILL maintain, ‘What can I do?’

People generally seem to have given up and follow the leader. Why do we not treat ourselves better? Why do we not respect our own futures anymore? Why are we so disconnected to the values I remember were normal? Don’t you? Can you remember? Is it because the big superpowers seem to you like they are in charge? Please stop for a moment. When you go to buy fish and chips, imagine it now, mouth-watering, fish and chips, salt and vinegar, you go to pay – that moment…that money, that exchange, that choice, is one of the biggest powers you have. You do it every day. In lots of places. Every time you do it, you make a choice. That choice directly affects those superpowers. Maybe check the fish and spuds are local!

It’s time for you to get involved with Government! Properly! Beyond an opinion, get a pen, get some paper, get a stamp – yep – you are going to write a letter. My last MP told me the E-petitions are not so affective, they are repetitive, click-click and its done, doesn’t really tick the MPs box. So, short, sweet, kind – say who you are, pop your address on, and ask about something troubling you. My new MP rocks, I went to see her, she listened, I told her I was really worried that everything we talk about, at all the flood and risk committees I sit on, is full on, but the public do not know about it, and I’m worried about that, and my own hidden agenda is to find a way for the public to know. Guess what? She’s coming to one of them to help. Believe in yourself, you have a right, be active, write now.

Pointers – well start with some good FACTS and then ask a question, some help is at the end.

As you are

Consider the £savings of internet meetings, not only in personal transport, but as a taxpayer, from civil servants, MPs, offenders travelling, your tax implication has altered. What could be the long-term affect if these low carbon initiatives continued? The FACTS are if we stayed in the current ‘COVID-19 low emission activity’, we would be on track for the 1.5-degree scenario.1, 8 We need to avoid similar upheaval in life soon, through heat wave, storms and floods. So, the minute you jump in the car and return to normal, you contribute to future heat wave, storms and floods. Don’t go away – we can work on this. While our government has been the first to declare net zero by 2050, it’s not soon enough, you need to look at your transport choices now. Make a change (5), and research driving in a greener way (10), you’ll be amazed at what you find out! We can put a value on these savings and the related savings e.g. the cost to the taxpayer of a road less travelled (or built). The biggest thing cutting emissions now is road transport1. Shifting towards long-term behaviours, like simply replacing driving with walking once a week, being a huge benefit to your well-being, is also a priority of the Committee on Climate Change4.

Footprint

You might have some questions. What is our footprint? How will we reduce it? What’s the plan? First of all, by using a footprint calculator, you start to build in your mind, how it all works. Do have a go. Then revisit regularly. No one is immune – even the best tree hugger. Ready? Here it is (6). When you have done that, take it to work, win brownies points at work, because now you are ready, and you will save the boss some money and give them a story. You will also find colleagues who have been trying too. Nice one.

The Opportunities

The key now is to ensure help is given to people and businesses, using low carbon solutions; stipulating a low carbon pathway. While home energy costs may soar, coal use internationally has been the first to fall, renewables aren’t affected and lead the way economically. At home, (7 & 8) remedy this, plus you might get a grant.

For many, climate strategies are the top priority to shape economic stimulus packages now. They have shown the speed and effect economy boosting plans are measured by, are called “economic multipliers”. In a study with 230 leading economists, the top 5 were;

  • Clean physical infrastructure investment in the form of renewable energy assets, storage (including hydrogen), grid modernisation and carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology; (1)
  • Building efficiency spending for renovations and retrofits including improved insulation, heating and domestic energy storage systems; (7)
  • Investment in education and training to address immediate unemployment from Covid-19 and structural shifts from decarbonisation; (3 & 4)
  • Natural capital investment for ecosystem resilience and regeneration including restoration of carbon-rich habitats and climate-friendly agriculture; and (3)
  • Clean R&D spending (4)

How can you help at home, work and play? Click on the brackets.

Flying

Jet fuel is down by 65%, 3% of total emissions, however they are significant, sadly in more ways than one1.

The exciting news from France is Air France will get assistance as long as they don’t compete with rail. “I want to reiterate that this support for Air France is not a blank cheque,” France’s economy and finance minister, Mr Bruno Le Maire, told the Economic Affairs Committee of the National Assembly on April 29. “The plane should no longer be a means of transporting [people] in one hour or one hour 15 minutes which could be done at lower cost of CO2 by train in two hours or two hours 30,” Le Marie told BFM TV. “This must be the rule and we will enforce it.” We must ensure the recovery in the UK does not increase our risk and lock in more emissions.9 You can help when you plan your holidays (10).

 Finally, if this all seems daunting, pick off one at a time, put a line through it when done. Just realise you are joining a huge army. Here in Cornwall, the ‘Green Army’ has different connotations, but for now, you are most welcome, you are valued and so are your family.

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References

 1We’re living through the biggest carbon crash ever recorded.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52485712

2The financial markets – investors already realise this, people need to keep up. “Renewable energy is one of the few sectors that has managed to weather the devastating effects of coronavirus… Renewable energy is clearly robust in this market. We’re actually not seeing a slowdown in deals at all.”

http://electricityinfo.org/news/renewables-324/ (from the Financial times 6th May 2020)

3 Amid pandemic, U.S. renewable power sources have topped coal for 40 days

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-electricity-renewables/amid-pandemic-us-renewable-power-sources-have-topped-coal-for-40-days-idUSKBN22G2X2

4 https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/letter-building-a-resilient-recovery-from-the-covid-19-crisis-to-prime-minister-boris-johnson/

5 February 2020 Floods https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/feb/17/storm-dennis-flood-defences-working-well-environment-secretary-says

6https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/-/media/boe/files/speech/2019/tcfd-strengthening-the-foundations-of-sustainable-finance-speech-by-mark-carney.pdf?la=en&hash=D28F6D67BC4B97DDCCDE91AF8111283A39950563

7https://www.chapterzero.org.uk

8https://www.carbonbrief.org/leading-economists-green-coronavirus-recovery-also-better-for-economy

9https://www.railjournal.com/passenger/high-speed/air-france-ordered-to-curb-competiton-with-rail-in-france/#.XrJTAlgaSr0.twitter

10 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52488134

 

Writing to your MP; Pointers – well start with some good FACTS and then ask a question, three examples are here. Positive intros, followed by text quoting government, followed up by a question from you. The text comes from here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-becomes-first-major-economy-to-pass-net-zero-emissions-law

  1. I’m delighted to know my country is the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050. I wondered, if there is any help, I can get to buy an electric car, as are lungs are so important, having enjoyed clear air again. I also don’t have a driveway and wondered if the local council owned car park might give me a charging space after 6pm-8am? If that was a plan, they could plan to have solar shading to protect us from the heatwaves, capture water for city irrigation and enable me to charge my car cheaply!
  2. Congratulation you have already reduced emissions by 42% while growing the economy by 72% and has put clean growth at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy – can I check that any assistance with businesses to get back on track will be to use low emission incentives? I’m worried about my family in the future and coping with floods and heatwaves.
  3. I realise the UK kick-started the Industrial Revolution, which was responsible for economic growth across the globe but also for increasing emissions, our own Richard Trevithick in Cornwall you could say had an impact on climate change, however if he was here now, he’d be really innovative. I wonder if you could help local growers and suppliers to deliver local food by electric vehicles? Apparently, the biggest thing cutting emissions now is road transport1.

Climate Change and the Economy in the Context of COVID-19

I attended a webinar from the Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative, a Non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Sacramento, California last night, not only because the content is right up my street, but the timing meant little one was in bed. Who would have thought, it would be ok to talk about that at work? The event was fantastic, as my work is about how to get people ready for the risks of climate change, that mostly, they do not want to hear about. While COVID-19 is very different, it also has many similarities. Here is a summary of enlightened thinking, opportunities and cautions.

 

Highlights the need for preparedness

What has happened regarding COVID-19 highlights the need for preparedness. This is what our work is all about at Cornwall Community Flood Forum, Cornwall Council’s Strategic Resilience Board and the South West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC).

 

The key now is to ensure we avoid maladaptation – use low carbon solutions

In our world, of climate risk studies and preparedness, we of course observe what is happening alongside what our plans ‘were’. The key now is to ensure we avoid maladaptation, for example any funding to help, can also help move assistance to use low carbon solutions; stipulating a low carbon pathway. I can already hear people saying “this is not the time’ but anyone saying that is guilty of causing more trauma on society, the NHS and the economy, by ignoring the facts. We cannot cope with two great disasters such as COVID-19 and climate change.

Examples posed were;

  1. regarding the local food suppliers, saving and feeding communities and how they might switch to essential low carbon transport and be assisted with that by government.
  2. How some roads had already been switched to pedestrianised areas, in places being considered anyway, in order to help pedestrians pass each other safely

These are opportunities and there are more!

These are opportunities and there are more! While home energy costs cause further worry, we can flag up opportunities to become more efficient and help promote grants readily available, while people ‘might’ have more time.

Talk about Climate, as part of a fiscally sound pathway forward

It is the best time to talk about Climate, as part of a fiscally sound pathway forward. The partners at this webinar:

  • Yoon Kim​, Managing Director, Global Client Services | Four Twenty Seven
  • Michael McCormick​, Senior Vice President | Harris & Associates
  • Kate Gordon​, Director | Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

all said climate change had NOT dropped off the radar during the crisis.

Consider the cost savings (e.g. Zoom interviews with offenders rather than travel costs), emissions savings (e.g. not future flooding costs) and the boost of access to services whereby more elderly are connected with doctors etc How many people actually want to drive long distances to work, school, appointments, conferences? We can put a value on these savings and the related savings e.g. the cost to the taxpayer of a road less travelled (or built).

The financial markets – investors already realise this, people need to keep up. Reimagine a resilient economy, transport, housing, infrastructure, agriculture, energy and electricity broadband, the workforce, land, tele-working/education/medical etc What works for you? Can you be the innovator? Can we look at the value of jobs nearer homes, smarter development?

If you are still focussed on wishing to return to normal, in denial about educating yourself about climate risk, upset that this is talked about in the face of COVID, I sympathise, it’s all rather horrid, but ask yourself, how will you look after children if a heatwave affects us now? Locked into their hot homes? I have already seen a power cable spark and cause a gorse fire in my hometown of Truro last week. The firemen said, “probably due to everyone at home and overuse”. Shall we dodge the heatwave worsening now? Shall we weave low carbon solutions into our recovery, to push that other disaster away, as we grow and perhaps seek out the opportunities here? Perhaps you are the one that has more ideas and can be helpful to your council now?

 

 

 

 

 

💚On the current environment: caution, reminders and resources.

2020 was going be the big one, Lambeth 2020, COP26 & the Environment Bill all set to fly 1/1/21 – the first two postponed and the third will now be different. It will all be different. However, people are finding new roles & being so kind.
How we talk about Climate and Nature now (regarding drops in emissions etc) is important, there are many discussions about treading carefully, for a number of reasons, so I think gently drawing on our policy of 2016 and sustaining people’s current activities is important. I have been subtly reminding pledge 2 is built to enable people to be resilient to emergencies (where is my vitamin c in a crisis? Or where are my local sources if I can’t grow it?) as well as cutting emissions (as many of you know)! I just really hope, people who are buying from local suppliers will be able to carry on afterwards, to maintain this connection with resilience. Here in Truro the local market has taken to doing free deliveries, with free sweets to cheer folk up. It would be good to hear your thoughts.
Items I refer to – just some of the points being discussed by IPCC author François Gemenne that Chris Stark Chief Exec for the Committee on Climate change invites us to be cautionary about;
  1. insensitive to the ordeal many families are living through right now
  2. these temporary effects will probably be insignificant
  3. emissions always tend to bounce back after a crisis, it needs a steady and regular drop, not a ‘blank’ year
  4. Governments are announcing plans to revive fossil industries and are challenging climate change measures in the name of economic recovery
  5. some warn against saying “the epidemic is a rehearsal for climate change.” It’s dangerous: this crisis and climate change do have a lot of common, but they are fundamentally different
  6. climate change is not a “crisis”: it is an irreversible transformation. There will be no going back to normal, no vaccine
So, to sum up, please consider being ready from Easter Sunday to talk about new beginnings, staying healthy and boosting immunity by eating local seasonal produce twice a week where possible (P2), perhaps asking people where they are getting it from? Connecting with those suppliers, praying for them. Praying for the people to have courage and consider growing a little at home, perhaps a window box or potato bag on their doorstep. Perhaps talking about your own experience?
Pledge 3 helps people understand the bigger, long term picture of similar things, in their own spaces. As you have heard me say, I have long seen the Church as the right place to prompt this, with open arms and a hand to hold. Please encourage people after Easter, during this down time to find ways to explore Pledge 3 that suit you. Again, Chris Stark has said upon COP26 being postponed, “we have a window to understand the implications of the COVID19 crisis and reboot UK climate diplomacy in its wake”. We can all be helpful in this. We have learnt we do not need to wait for Government to tell us, we must help, they do keep asking us all to help, and we can be the place.
Our Environment Policy states we are aware that the life systems of the earth are suffering serious damage as a result of human activity; so perhaps we can try and stay in the habit of thinking about our footprint?

Until you measure your own footprint, you’ll never understand, its not about the quantity at first, its about understanding it (P6).

Perhaps a revisit to the policy, will help people to think how they might continue to work through our plan; the 10 pledges for individuals, the Green Church Awards for Churches. This is also great preparation for the 2030 target that will be talked about later this year.
I have created a YouTube channel, where you might find content for services/meetings/planning, labelled according to pledges and awards. This importantly is also usable for people who do not have a camera on their system. This allows you to frame it according to how you feel. I can also send you films if you wish to mix them in your services  You might wish to subscribe and you’ll get a notification when I upload service material (I have more to add). Plus we also have this as a great JOYFUL introduction to the 10 pledges things people can do from home, guided by your experience of them is comforting and leads to success.
The yellow flyer has everything on here 10 Pledges & Green Church Awards.
If you wish to join my Eco-Mailer, please sign up here. It is only sent out when there is exciting or necessary news. It boosts my part-time hours maximising my efforts.
Thank you.
Luci Isaacson MSc FRGS
Diocesan Environment Officer, Diocese of Truro

96 Solar Panel Church-fancy a piece of the action?!

All Saints Church Highertown, in Truro will be getting a big rebuild in the new year, as explained here by Priest-in-charge Rev Jeremy Putnam, when he was interviewed recently by Mel Osborne at BBC Radio Cornwall. Alongside so many other important parts of this building there has been a huge amount of energy and effort to go into making sure this will be an ECO Flagship Church. It will have 96 solar panels, rain water harvesting, ground source heat pumps and so much more. The plans allow the Church to be even off grid for 5 days! Now that is resilience planning.

If you’d like to know more about the project, take a look here https://www.trurolifehouse.uk

If you’d like to help nail that last £1/4m funding, you can donate direct here https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/allsaints-highertown/project1010

Even better why not buy one of these gifts to help fundraise, £20 will get you invited to the opening event and dinner!

https://www.asht.org.uk/uploads/5/1/8/3/51830833/truro_lifehouse_gift_catalogue_-_second_edition.pdf

You can buy your ticket here online https://www.asht.org.uk/the-10-10-project.html 

See you there? I can’t wait!

What can you do for the children in your life?

It’s quite easy, but its also wrapped up here in less than 5 minutes.

BBC Radio Cornwall Interview 17th November ahead of the Songs For Earth Environment Service

10 pledges Artwork or do them online here

There Are Some Fantastic Politicians Too

Good morning. I’d like to say there are some fantastic politicians too and they have been clearly asking for us to cut our emissions for a long time.
 
Why wait for policy and law?
Why not make a start? The 10 pledges get you doing that. THEY ARE FOR HOME AND WORK If at work or at home you are buying electricity from fossil fuels then I’m afraid to say you are the live problem and you need to address it please. We can help for free.
The policiticans I can name easily, without spending time here (meaning there are more, and why waste time arguing about something else they have done? They all say cut emissions, invite YOURS to cut emissions too, that is all), they are 👉Lord Krebs (Lord John Krebs has warned that the world will be “charging” towards climate change unless it 🕵️‍♂️cuts carbon emissions and prepares to “adapt” to future changes), 👉Lord Whitty (The gracious Speech included precisely six words on climate change. The Minister had a few more this morning, but not many. Yet this is the biggest challenge facing us and, as the committee of the noble Lord, Lord Deben, has reminded us, we will not be on course for the next two periods of 🕵️‍♂️carbon budget. We have a lot to do. There are potentially things in this legislative programme that will help, but by no means enough.), 👉Lord Gardiner (The Defra Minister Lord Gardiner, wrote in the government’s National Adaptation Programme, that: “while we continue to play a leading role in international efforts to keep global temperature rises well below 2°C… our resilience will only be robust if we prepare for worse climate change scenarios.”)and 👉Lord Deben, “The benefits of action to 🕵️‍♂️reduce emissions are clear: cleaner air, healthier diets, new industries and jobs. The UK must drive forward policies without delay”
Don’t even get me started on 👉Lady Kate Parminter, I simply don’t have the time or space to talk about how BRILLIANT she is in this work.
👌Help them.
👌Support them.
👌Notice what they say, what can you do to help?
At least look at Pledge 4 when you read what they say, so you can write your hand-written letter. Then you are ready for a well earned weekend. http://climatevision.co.uk/top-ten-pledges
 
https://www.energylivenews.com/tag/lord-krebs-climate-change-targets-greenhouse-gas-emissions-adaptation-ccc/
https://www.theyworkforyou.com/lords/?id=2019-10-17b.172.1&s=speaker%3A12958#g226.0
https://environmentagency.blog.gov.uk/2019/09/20/climate-change-is-not-a-distant-threat-and-we-all-need-to-act-quicker/
https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/environment/global-warming/house/house-magazine/106848/lord-deben-net-zero-necessary

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