Rising temperatures, rising sea levels, plastic waste, coral bleaching, loss of biodiversity, air pollution. The list of environmental challenges the world is facing can at times seem insurmountable. Have world powers been too slow to react to these threats or is there still hope that climate change can be halted by starting with us?
The next issue of Overseas looks at some of the challenges specific to the people of the Commonwealth and asks what changes we can all make to reduce our ecological footprint. Some of it makes for uncomfortable reading, but we must all play our part.
No countries are more endangered by climate change than low-lying island states, such as Seychelles. In this issue, find out how the country is working hard to protect its marine ecosystems. However, it is a responsibility that lies not locally, but internationally.
That’s why the Commonwealth has responded by launching its Blue Charter, which seeks to reach consensus on ocean-use best practice among the 53-member states. The Secretariat’s Jeff Ardron details some of the progress that has already been made.
This kind of international cooperation can only achieve so much though; the choices we make as individuals are just as important. Take the example of fast fashion, known to seriously harm the environment. We all want cheap, readily available, and ever-changing clothing, but should we be looking at alternatives? Abi Millar asks how the industry and consumers can both make a difference.
Our eating habits, too, could be better attuned to reduce the ecological footprint of feeding us. As the world’s population continues to balloon, we need to think carefully about how we feed the future. Grayson’s are already doing their bit to make ROSL that bit greener. Find out how they choose their suppliers and deal with their waste on page 19.
ROSL’s garden, too, can play a part in promoting biodiversity in central London. Garden designer Jane Atwell explains how our little patch of green is a haven not just for members, but also wildlife. Overseas itself is produced as sustainably as possible, but if you would prefer to receive it by email, please let us know.
Read all this plus more features, news, views, and events from the clubhouse and branches around the world in the next issue, which will be available online and in print from 1 June 2019.
Cover image: Louise McNaught, Baggage