July 10, 2009

Scriptoria Blog

Taxis, agriculture and climate change

A lot of Scriptoria’s work revolves around climate change. And with the COP 15 meeting in Copenhagen in December coming up fast, Scriptoria’s working with several organisations to tease out their messages and generally ensure that their good ideas are included in the complex climate change agenda that’s currently being put together.

One of the benefits of the job is that you get to meet a lot of interesting people. I recently found myself sitting in the back of taxi talking to Achim Steiner, for example - he’s the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme. I’m pleased to say that I didn’t just find him to be extremely knowledgeable (something you’d expect from someone in his position). I also found him to be a very amiable, down-to-earth guy who talked a lot of sense - particularly about the importance of including agriculture in the upcoming negotiations.

Anyway you can hear a snippet of what he had to say in the interview below - well of course I had a tape recorder!

All the best,

Jim

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July 9, 2009

Scriptoria Blog

“Facing the Future” – Inspiring TV lecture by UK’s Prince Charles

Well it’s coming up to midnight, but I was so impressed with what I just saw on TV, I had to blog it and share it with you. The Prince just gave a beautifully crafted and impressively delivered lecture on some of the key environmental and economic challenges which the world faces, and explored how they might be tackled in the future. He covered everything from biodiversity and sustainable agriculture to philosophy and the credit crunch. In nice accessible language, and to an audience of invited celebrities. 

His lecture dealt with lots of the issues that we at Scriptoria hold dear - and many of which are usually only considered in this depth in closed meetings of experts. Many of the points raised by the Prince were, for example, also raised by Achim Steiner (head of UNEP) at a meeting of major donors I was invited to in Brussels last week. So it was huge pleasure to hear on national TV such a public figure getting those messages out to the public.  

And top marks for the Prince’s comms team, who had already posted the transcript online to satisfy the needs of people like me who were inspired to get onto Google as soon as the credits started to roll.

Read the lecture at:

http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/speechesandarticles/index.html

If you’re in the UK, check out the TV broadcast coming soon (the BBC promises!) at

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00lncxc/Richard_Dimbleby_Lecture_Facing_the_Future/

All the best and good night!

Sandy

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