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Climate Friendly Travel Think Tank

The inaugural SUNx Malta 2020 Climate Friendly Travel Think Tank with 35 global thought leaders met from 24th - 28th February in Qawra, Malta. It operated in the context of the long-term transformational vision of the late Maurice Strong for sustainable development that responds coherently to the climate crisis.

The First “Climate Friendly Travel” Sector Report, co-produced by SUNx Malta and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in September 2019 and issued on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly was reviewed and strongly endorsed, along with its key messages:

The Climate Crisis is eXistential.

Climate Action is Urgent

Climate & Carbon Ambitions Globally must increase

Travel & Tourism Sector Climate Ambition must intensify

Climate Friendly Travel can be a solution

We must Act Now. We must Act Fast.

The Initiative of the Government of Malta to become a global Centre of Climate Friendly Travel was warmly welcomed. As was the leadership of the Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection, Hon. Julia Farrugia Portelli.

One of the key outcomes from the workshop was "

The highest importance must be given to the immediate distribution and rapid scaling up of currently available solutions to substantially reduce aviation fossil fuel reliance. There is a need for renewed commitment from the sector to radically increase financing of synthetic fuels. Current fuel suppliers were called on to apply full financial and corporate commitment to a solution, as well as to give the highest priority to synthetic aviation fuel production. In addition, states may wish to consider including international Aviation in their Paris Agreement Nationally Determined Contributions."

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GreenBiz 2020

GreenBiz Conferncer 2020

I had the pleasure of attending my first GreenBiz conference in February in Phoenix - never been to the State before but definitely want to go back. One of the reasons for goign was the launch of the UN Global Compact's SDG Action Manager. 

Although important progress has been made by the business community, we have a lot more work to do to achieve our vision of a better and more sustainable future for all.

Not only do the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) identify where we should be in 2030 to create the sustainable world we seek, but they also provide a unique chance for all sectors to rally around a common global agenda – one that unites us to take responsibility to improve people’s lives and save our planet.

For this reason, the United Nations Global Compact is introducing the SDG Action Manager to provide all types of businesses with an opportunity to learn about, manage, and directly improve their sustainability performance.

Developed in cooperation with B Lab, the SDG Action Manager is a web-based impact management solution to enable businesses to take action on the Sustainable Development Goals through 2030.

The SDG Action Manager brings together B Lab’s B Impact Assessment, the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, and the Sustainable Development Goals, to enable meaningful business action through dynamic self-assessment, benchmarking, and improvement. It is informed by the work and feedback of a range of stakeholders, including experts in corporate sustainability, civil society, UN, and academia; and it is inspired by the Certified B Corp community and participating companies of the UN Global Compact.

The SDG Action Manager is available in English, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

UNGC SDG Summit

SDG Action Manager enables a company to:

Find your starting point. Learn which SDGs matter most to you based on your company profile, and how to take action today.

Understand and share your impact. Get a clear view of how your operations, supply chain, and business model create positive impact, and identify risk areas for each SDG.

Set goals and track improvement. We have 10 years to achieve the SDGs. Stay motivated and visualize your progress on the dashboard.

Collaborate across your company. Invite colleagues to join the SDG Action Manager, contribute expertise, and see real-time progress and performance.

Learn at every step. Determine high-impact action based on thought-provoking yet actionable assessment questions, benchmarks, and improvement guides.

Trailblaze together. Join a global movement of companies working to build a better world for people and planet by 2030.

 

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December 2019

The UK election was a disaster for the UK and for my chance to be part of the UK team for the Glasgow UNFCCC. The leave the EU side led by the Conservatives secured a huge majority and those of us that supported remaining in the EU couldn't agree among ourselves which our candidates should be in the different constituencies. Although there was a majority for remain candidates that wasn't the case as far actual MPs due to the UK having the first past the post system. I managed to triple the vote and increase ti by 6.1% but when the Brexit party withdrew from the constituency it meant that the remain vote was split between the Libe Dems, Labour and the Greens.  History will not be kind on those party leaders who could not agree on a joint platform.

In the UK - Im not sure what happens in other countries the candidates stand on the stage as the election results are read out and the TV cameras capture the whole event. The Mid Derbyshire  result was the last one of four being read out at the count and happened at 530am in the morning zzzzzz

 

 

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November 2019 - the UK Election

Hi, my name is Felix Dodds.

I’m standing as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mid-Derbyshire.

This is the most important election in living memory. I was born in Allestree into a Rolls-Royce family. My father’s work took us across England and into Scotland and Northern Ireland as the Troubles started.

I’ve seen what this country can be. All my life I’ve fought to make it better, to make our world better.

I was a secondary school teacher in Khartoum Sudan one of the poorest countries in the world and in outer London before joining an environmental nonprofit and finding it was my passion.

I fought for local issues right across the UK before leading on national policy and eventually on the global stage.

Today I spend my time getting governments to take our climate crisis seriously, to combat plastics pollution, water shortages, and to change the finance system to support investment in sustainability.

I know that change only happens when you bring people together in pursuit of a common goal. Progress does not happen when you govern by fear. It only happens through hope.

I’m here because I believe we are better than what we see today.

We are bigger than the lies and pettiness that fill the headlines today.  

My life has been defined by bringing together groups of people who may not think the same or even want to work together. But who ultimately share common ground.

I’ve spoken at Green Party conference and I was part of the Green Globe Task Force set up by Labour of non-profit leaders to advise the advised the incoming Labour Government in 1997 on their climate change policy.

I’ve chaired global meetings on the environment with the UK Prime Minister and this year an environmental ministers dialogue on plastics.

And in January after lobbying of Number 10 from members of parliament from all parties, the Conservative Government supported my application to lead the UN Environment Programme.

I believe we need that kind of approach now. We must see the humanity in each other, not their political affiliation or a referendum vote. We must work together to fix the crises we face.

We must work together to strengthen the NHS, to recruit more doctors and nurses, lower wait times and overhaul our mental health system.

We must work together to stop Brexit, build a new green economy and not only save the manufacturing jobs at places like Toyota and Rolls Royce here in the East Midlands but make the East Midlands the manufacturing engine of this new green economy.

We need a change to our broken politics. I believe that’s what I can bring as your MP, and I look forward to today’s debate on the issues that matter – issues that demand the new leadership and fresh ideas that the Lib Dems can bring.

Thank you.

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November 2019 - the UK Election

Hi, my name is Felix Dodds.

I’m standing as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mid-Derbyshire.

This is the most important election in living memory. I was born in Allestree into a Rolls-Royce family. My father’s work took us across England and into Scotland and Northern Ireland as the Troubles started.

I’ve seen what this country can be. All my life I’ve fought to make it better, to make our world better.

I was a secondary school teacher in Khartoum Sudan one of the poorest countries in the world and in outer London before joining an environmental nonprofit and finding it was my passion.

I fought for local issues right across the UK before leading on national policy and eventually on the global stage.

Today I spend my time getting governments to take our climate crisis seriously, to combat plastics pollution, water shortages, and to change the finance system to support investment in sustainability.

I know that change only happens when you bring people together in pursuit of a common goal. Progress does not happen when you govern by fear. It only happens through hope.

I’m here because I believe we are better than what we see today.

We are bigger than the lies and pettiness that fill the headlines today.  

My life has been defined by bringing together groups of people who may not think the same or even want to work together. But who ultimately share common ground.

I’ve spoken at Green Party conference and I was part of the Green Globe Task Force set up by Labour of non-profit leaders to advise the advised the incoming Labour Government in 1997 on their climate change policy.

I’ve chaired global meetings on the environment with the UK Prime Minister and this year an environmental ministers dialogue on plastics.

And in January after lobbying of Number 10 from members of parliament from all parties, the Conservative Government supported my application to lead the UN Environment Programme.

I believe we need that kind of approach now. We must see the humanity in each other, not their political affiliation or a referendum vote. We must work together to fix the crises we face.

We must work together to strengthen the NHS, to recruit more doctors and nurses, lower wait times and overhaul our mental health system.

We must work together to stop Brexit, build a new green economy and not only save the manufacturing jobs at places like Toyota and Rolls Royce here in the East Midlands but make the East Midlands the manufacturing engine of this new green economy.

We need a change to our broken politics. I believe that’s what I can bring as your MP, and I look forward to today’s debate on the issues that matter – issues that demand the new leadership and fresh ideas that the Lib Dems can bring.

Thank you.

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International Environmentalist Felix Dodds Returns to Derbyshire to Campaign for Liberal Democrats

In another indication that Liberal Democrats are succeeding at recruiting accomplished candidates and expanding the party beyond the established roster of traditional political affiliations, East Midlands Liberal Democrats have announced that international policy expert and environmental advocate Felix Dodds is returning to Derbyshire to stand for the Mid-Derby constituency Member of Parliament in the next general election.

A prolific author and editor, Dodds’ ability to communicate complex issues plainly and powerfully would make him a valuable asset to Lib Dems’ delegation in Parliament.

Dodds, who was born in the Derby suburb of Allestree, has spent much of the past three decades negotiating policy in the corridors of the United Nations, helping coordinate sustainable policy initiatives, and working closely with governments, businesses and activists.

He has worked on negotiations on issues ranging from plastics pollution to tourism, and from green financing to climate change. Dodds has established himself as one of only a handful of UN experts who have successfully collaborated not only with governments and UN agencies but also with the full spectrum of policy stakeholders – private businesses, trade unions, scientists, local governments and NGOs representing environmental, economic and social justice constituencies.

“Given his considerable experience in international negotiations and his expertise in specific environmental and finance issues, Felix Dodds will add valuable depth to Liberal Democrats knowledge and capabilities. He would be a welcome addition to Lib Dems’ delegation in Westminster,” says neighboring Amber Valley candidate Kate Smith.

Felix’s skills will make him an invaluable partner in navigating the complicated geopolitical currents the UK faces – not only with the EU, but on the even more existential issue of climate change, which the UK will rapidly need to address soon after Brexit is resolved.”

Paddy Ashdown, the much-loved former Liberal Democrat leader (and former High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina) who passed away last year had worked with Dodds. He then said: “Felix has been a key advisor to me on environmental matters and I have valued his assistance, knowledge and campaigning skill.”

Professor Paul Ekins OBE, University College London Director of  Institute for Sustainable Resources Co-Chair of UN's Global Environment Outlook report (GEO-6) former Chair of the Green Party Executive

“I have known Felix for over thirty years. He has always been campaigning on the critical environmental and sustainable development issues of the time. He has worked at the local level developing local sustainability plans and local sustainable development indicators. He has worked at the national level on issues such as acid rain, and internationally on climate change and how to make our cities and towns more sustainable. 

I consider that he would bring to the position of MP for Mid Derbyshire a real understanding of the critical challenges we are facing and, more importantly, what some of the solutions could be for the local area.”   

If you want to help in the election do contact me. 

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September 2019

While the Heads of State were meeting in New York for the review of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Climate Summit  I had the chance to meet up with former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband and give him a copy of my new book 'Stakeholder Democracy: Represented Democracy in a Time of Fear.

 

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