Commonwealth Human Ecology Council Newsletter - Summer 2020


Hello! Welcome to the summer version of the Commonwealth Human Ecology Council (CHEC) newsletter. This new newsletter is a great way to stay connected with all the latest news and events related to CHEC. The newsletter will be published quarterly throughout the year and will highlight the latest news, information, events related to CHEC, human ecology and the environment.

It would be impossible to publish this edition of the CHEC newsletter without reference to covid-19 and the serious toll it has had on global communities. We hope in this time that you and your families have been able to stay safe. From an ecological perspective much has been written and discussed about how we can rebuild our societies and economies. It goes without saying that the opportunity to build a green future is now and we must do all we can to ensure that the planet's future, and by extension all animal, human and plant life, is safe, secure and green. On that note, we hope you enjoy reading this edition of the CHEC newsletter and going forward if you have any content you would like published in the newsletter please let us know.

In this edition you can find the following:

  • The latest CHEC news
  • The latest ecological news
  • Upcoming Commonwealth events
  • Upcoming ecological events
  • Getting involved

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Latest CHEC News

June 11th 2020 - “Mapping the Commonwealth one coral reef at a time” – World Oceans Day 2020 Report - Ian Douglas provides an overview of the recent Commonwealth Blue Charter Webinar that took place on World Ocean's Day.

June 5th 2020 - World Environment Day – Thoughts by Ian Douglas - On World Environment Day Ian Douglas provided us with his thoughts on the environment and suggests ways that the global community can tackle climate issues as we move forward.

June 2nd 2020 - CHEC Journal – ‘Human Ecology 30: Mangroves’ Published - The latest edition of the CHEC journal has been published. This edition takes a look at the importance of mangroves around the globe and features articles from authors around the Commonwealth and wider world.

April 28th 2020 - COVID-19 Framework Receives CHEC Endorsement - This article explains the InterAction COVID-19 Framework that CHEC endorsed. The framewoek urges global cooperation to beat coronavirus and supports the idea of a better future.

April 21st 2020 - The Environment and Coronavirus - This short article goes through some of the stories published that show how the coronavirus and in particular the global lockdowns have affected nature. With examples of how nature has responded to less destructive human lifestyles it demonstrates that by adapting our ways the environment can really benefit.

March 17th 2020 - CHEC COVID-19 Statement - A short statement by CHEC detailing slight changes in our operations due to the coronavirus outbreak.

March 3rd 2020 - Mitigating Climate Change - A shorter article looking at the ways we can mitigate climate change. What is climate change mitigation? How can we mitigate climate change?

February 25th 2020 - Climate Change: Mitigation, Adaptation, Resilience - A longer article, written by Ian Douglas, looking at the effects of climate change and what needs to be done to halt its effects.

Latest Ecological News

Climate change: Sport heading for a fall as temperatures rise - As the climate crisis worsens and temperatures rise it is expected that global sport and sporting events are heading for continued disruptions and catastrophe.

Britain still failing on climate crisis  - The UK's Committee on Climate Change is expected to criticise the government's current lack of progress in dealing with climate change.

Coronavirus puts spotlight on landmark year for nature - The devastating effets of the coronavirus could have a lasting impact on the environment. The response to the pandemic highlights how important this year is going to be for nature.

'Zombification' of EU environment laws uncovered - UK versions of EU environmental laws will not be updated, increasing the risk they will become less effective over time.

Climate experts call for 'dangerous' Michael Moore film to be taken down - The Planet of the Humans film addresses hypocrisy in the green movement but has been called "dangerous, misleading and destructive".

2019 Second Hottest Year on Record, Confirms UN - 2019 has officially been confirmed as the second hottest year on record by the United Nations.

Upcoming Commonwealth Events

24th June 2020, Online - Taking Stock of the Commonwealth

This full day conference addresses many issues around the Commonwealth from the impacts of Covid-19, media freedom, threats to democracy, the Windrush scandal, reparations for slavery and colonialism and LGBT+ rights. The full programme can be found here while you can register here.

27th October 2020, Biggin Hill Memorial Museum - Adult Lecture Series: Norman Brice, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

In this event Norman Brice will discuss the history and work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), with a particular focus on Biggin Hill casualties. Given its Royal Charter in 1917, the CWGC honours the 1.7 million men and women who died in the First and Second World Wars and ensures they will never be forgotten. You can register here.

Upcoming Ecological Events

25th June 2020, Online, 5-6.30pm - Pollinators & Pollination: Nature and Society

Professor Jeff Ollerton is one of the world's leading pollination ecologists and in this free talk he presents an introduction to what pollinators are, how their interaction with flowers has evolved and the fundamental ecology of those relationships. You can register for free here.

25th June (Weekly/Ongoing) 2020, Online, 3pm - Ecology Live

Each week a different top ecologist will give a free seminar on a range of topics. Previous speakers include Jane Memmott, Kai Chan, Nathalie Pettorelli, Tom Crowther and Holly Jones (Videos of their talks can be found here). Future speakers include Enrico Rezende, Kate Jones, Diogo Verrisimo, Juliet Vickery, Florian Altermatt, Anusha Shankar. Join the weekly seminar for free here.

11th July 2020, Online - Permaculture Economics: Beyond Circular Economy

In this talk Dr Phillip Schuster and Dr Alan Enzo will provide an introduction to permaculture economics and provide tools for a sustainable post-Covid-19 economy. You can register here.

23rd-24th November 2020, Barcelona, Spain - Soil, Plant and Water Sciences

The 4th Annual Congress on Soil, Plant and Water Sciences takes place in Barcelona in November and will see people come together to discuss the latest research on soil management, plant physiology, plant disease management and water nutrient management and other relevant to soil science, plant sciences and water science. Register your interest here.

14th-17th December 2020, Edinburgh, UK - Ecology Across Borders

Ecologists from all over the world will be meeting to discuss and share the latest science, and find the latest ideas and the topics that matter in a changing world, with leading science being presented across all of ecology. Register your interest here.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

[Open Access] Massé, F., et al. 2020. Conservation and crime convergence? Situating the 2018 London Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference. Journal of Political Ecology. 27(1).

Alvim, R, Matos de Oliveira, M and Castellanos, H. 2020. Global Social Change: Human Ecology from an Eco-Ethical Perspective In: L Valera and J Castilla, Global Changes: Ethics, Politics and Environment in the Contemporary Technological World (Switzerland: Springer)

[Open Access] Jeliazkov, A et al., 2020. A global database for metacommunity ecology, integrating species, traits, environment and space. Science Data, 7,6.

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