By Peter Head, Founder and CEO The Ecological Sequestration Trust
A Momentous Week
Five years ago I could see in the work of my brilliant planning team in Arup that human development needed to make a radical course correction. I called the destination the ‘Ecological Age’ and the process Sustainable Development. At that time, the Millenium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing extreme poverty was being approached quickly around the world, with China playing a major role with it’s incredible development programme. It was clear, however, that we were starting to breach the limits of the Earth to support this fast track change, with resource depletion, pollution and ecological destruction. The science suggested truly awful consequences of this path, as population grew to around 10bn by 2050, with climate change making it increasingly difficult to provide adequate supplies of food and water. I met a great number of young people around the world motivated to support change, but without the means to make it happen.
Systems modelling has been placed at the heart of the landmark report – Safeguarding Human Health in the Anthropocene Epoch – by The Rockefeller Foundation – Lancet Commission on Planetary Health.
With input from members our team, Peter Head who sat on the Scientific Advisory Panel and Stephen Passmore and Alexander Schmidt through inclusion of their work on the January 2015 status report to DFID and Cities Alliance.
03/07/2015, London – Mayor and Governor of Ulaanbaatar, Bat-Üül Erdene and Professor Peter Head CBE, Founder and Chief Executive of The Trust sign a Memorandum of Understanding, in the presence of Prime Minister Chimed Saikhanbileg of Mongolia, to work in partnership delivering smart, resilient and sustainable development for the people of Mongolia.
The Trust, a UK charity, has been working in Ulaanbaatar since December 2013 supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) British Embassy of Mongolia and Future Earth Ltd to create an integrated, urban-rural, systems data platform called resilience.io. This tool will enable cities to plan and evaluate the business case for investment in projects that bring improved human wellbeing, resource efficiency, clean energy and renewable technologies which restore ecological and freshwater systems and secure the production of safe food.
The Cities Alliance and UK Department of International Development (DFID) have launched a major new partnership initiative to support African cities as they transform themselves into resilient, inclusive centres of economic growth.
As part of the initiative, we are also establishing the resilience.io platform, a highly innovative new planning and investment decision-making support tool that is being developed by The Trust.
Peter Head, Stephen Passmore and Catherine Allinson present a visioning piece on The Trust and resilience.io’s plans in Accra for the Cities Alliance.
The Trust’s Peter Head gives The Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers 2014 Lecture in Mansion House in the City of London, Monday 2 June 2014, 6.30pm.