2020 marked the start of a decade of environmental action, with international and domestic law and policy honing in on 2030 as the deadline for sweeping legal, social, and economic change to avert environmental catastrophe and improve environmental justice:
- the IPCC gives us just 10 more years to achieve a rapid and far reaching reduction in emissions to keep global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels;
- the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development targets 2030 for the implementation of the 17 SDGs and 169 related targets; and
- Green New Deal movements in the US and Europe call for radical changes to our current economic, social and political models to make a just transition to zero net carbon by 2030.
Mounting evidence suggests that if we fail to achieve the kind of transformative reform demanded by these agendas within the next 10 years, we risk increasingly severe weather events, major sea level rise, loss of biodiversity and changes in terrestrial climate, with huge environmental, human and justice implications.
Unfortunately, due to the COVID crisis the 2020 PIEL UK conference had to be cancelled. In its place, the 2020 PIEL UK committee hosted an online lecture with their proposed keynote speaker: Professor Maria Lee.
The title of the lecture was ‘Participation in a time of (climate) crisis‘; it explored the need to continue to assess our processes, and to assert the values underpinnning public invvolvement in environmental decision making.
A recording of the lecture can be found here.
The 2020 PIEL UK committee continued to explore issues of environmental law and justice as part of the newly established ‘Just Environmental Law‘ podcast. All episodes of the ‘Just Environmental Law’ podcast can be found here.