Over recent months, the environmental sector has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Both the economic and operational impacts of the pandemic have forced many businesses to consider the possibility of redundancies, leaving many in the sector facing an uncertain future.
In June 2019, the UK became the first major economy to bring into law targets to end its contribution to global warming by 2050. In line with this commitment, within the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) logistic support element, Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), there is a drive to achieve the necessary net zero carbon emissions by 2050 (NZ50), and in this endeavour the MoD is likely to be the pathfinder for the wider UK Government.
Are you passionate about encouraging the next generation to consider a career in environmental science? Becoming a school governor could help you and your organisation to better understand schools, whilst also providing some valuable personal and professional development from the experience.
As the first proposals for a green recovery are discussed, the IES is kicking off the scrutiny process by setting out the reasons why the Government should draw on as many disciplines as it can from across the environmental sciences.
Why work in the environmental sector?
The IES sets out an approach for scrutinising the responses of policy-makers during the recovery process which is as simple as ABCDE: all the actions we take should be Ambitious, Broad, Considerate, Deliberate, and Evidence-based.
Serious and increasingly frequent environmental concerns emerged in the mid-20th century, igniting the beginnings of Environmental Science as a profession. As the profession has grown, so too has the need for more data, and the number of scientists required to collect and analyse these data.
Mental health is important. It is something that we all have, in the same way we all have a state of physical health. When our mental health is in a good state, we can make the most of our potential, tackle what life throws at us and play a full part in our circle of family, friends and communities. But if our mental health is not in a good state, we may lose motivation, feel a mixture of emotions and struggle to participate. It can be hard to understand and accept how we are feeling, and we may feel uneasy opening up to others.
This week the UK Government published its latest guidance on the COVID pandemic, including a roadmap for the coming months and specific guidance on safely returning to work. To help provide clarity in uncertain times, we have looked through this new guidance to find out what it means for our members.
Our COVID-19 Impact Report highlighted the ways in which the pandemic is affecting our members and explored how we can support our membership further. Nearly 30% of members who took part in the survey are currently homeschooling their children in addition to their job, with over half of these indicating that they do not have enough time to homeschool effectively and a quarter saying that they do not have sufficient educational resources.