2020 has been a year for profound reflection having been unlike any other in living memory. Abrupt changes to everyday life and living as we know it that came with the spread of COVID-19 across the globe have rippled through every thread of the fabric of our society. The death of George Floyd and subsequent Black Lives Matter protests brought with them vital conversations about improving and enhancing equality of standing and opportunity internationally. And as 2020 draws to a close the UK’s final days within the European Union draw closer.
As festivities begin across the globe to celebrate the holiday season, we at PIEL, like many, are reflecting on the tumultuous events that are likely to shape and impact our environment for decades to come. The environmental impacts of these events raises more questions than answers but are core areas of reflection as we look to the future. The committee of PIEL 2021 are therefore proud to announce that the theme of our 2021 series of events, both through our annual conference and our podcast, will be After.
Looking at the legal, political and social environmental impacts of the most profound events of the past few years our events will critically analyse how we as individuals, a collective and how institutions and organisations, can create meaningful environmental protections and better champion equality beyond the events of 2020. With a diverse range of events and speakers we are thrilled to be hosting a range of opportunities for conversation and discussion on these powerful topics. We will be delighted to share more information with you in due course.