The Sustainability Pulse: Our round-up of must-know updates for green leaders

Welcome to our new regular dive into the ever-changing world of sustainability. As we bid farewell to January, it’s time to reflect and look at what has caught the eye of the team at Giki and what we think should be on your radar to share inside your organisation, with your green teams, or your network.

We all have a role to play – why individual actions and choices matter

Some fascinating new research from a team of academics in the Netherlands demonstrates the need for individual and household behaviour and lifestyle changes in solving the climate crisis.

The analysis shows that while technology will go a long way to reducing emissions in wealthy nations (where carbon emissions per person are typically higher) by 2050 we need to change behaviours too.

It makes for an interesting and detailed read, showing that changes in consumption patterns and current behaviours are necessary to hit the all-important 1.5-degree goals.

One of the many reasons humans struggle to tackle the climate and nature crisis is that people feel that others are not doing enough. Frequently at Giki we are asked:
“What difference can I make? Look at China’s emissions, look at India’s emissions,” or,
“It’s policy and politicians who should deal with the problems.”

A fascinating new report from the UK government Environmental Audit Committee highlights how important our individual roles are when it comes to protecting nature.

This report highlights how crucial individual decisions, policy, and the private sector are in sorting out the climate and nature crisis. It is an excellent example of the intersection of these three crucial parts of society and why individual actions and choices matter.

Environment tops risk ratings in Annual Global Risk Survey

The latest Annual Global Risk survey, released ahead of the World Economic Forum annual event in Davos, Switzerland, reveals a sobering picture of the future. The top four biggest risks for the next decade are all environmental, namely:

  • Extreme weather events
  • Critical change to Earth’s systems
  • Biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse
  • Natural resources shortages

The survey underscores the urgency of collective action to address the looming environmental crisis and its cascading effects on society and the economy.

Our children are the future and reason to be optimistic

We were fascinated to learn the Oxford English Dictionary’s children’s Word of the Year 2023. According to a survey of over 5,000 children across the UK by Oxford University Press, a third chose ‘climate change’. This research highlights children’s awareness of world issues and their resolve to come together to effect change.

Children so often summarise complex issues with a clarity and insight that can escape us adults; and adults across the globe, particularly those in positions of power and influence, would do well to listen to children on this one.

Celebrating renewable energy in the UK

There is good news to start the year, the growth in renewable energy in the UK. Fossil fuels, a major contributor to climate change, now make up just 33% of electricity generation. This is one of their lowest-ever shares.

So, if you are looking for good news to share with colleagues, peers, or anyone else concerned (rightly) about the slow progress to net zero, this piece of positive news is a great one to start the year. 

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