On the UN World Day to combat Desertification and Drought – what can tech do to solve water shortages?

Today, June 17th is the UN’s World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. It really is a problem that we shouldn’t have to be dealing with.  The UN describes desertification as the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas. It is caused primarily by human activities and climatic variations.  Apparently it occurs Read more about On the UN World Day to combat Desertification and Drought – what can tech do to solve water shortages?[…]

Is COP26 in Glasgow our last shot at a meaningful cut in carbon emissions? Christiana Figueres interview

Leadership Matters! Within the gossip and mud throwing around the sacking of Claire O’Neill from leading COP26 in Glasgow in November is a critical issue. COP26 is the last chance governments have to make critical cuts to carbon emissions and agreements on carbon trading systems in order to keep emissions to 1.5 degrees. During the Read more about Is COP26 in Glasgow our last shot at a meaningful cut in carbon emissions? Christiana Figueres interview[…]

Climate change, Gen-Z, Stakeholder Capitalism – the key themes for Davos 2020

So here we are hurtling towards the end of January and that can only mean one thing – it is time for Davos. Yes the great, the good and Donald Trump descend on the Swiss ski resort next week to take the temperature of global capitalism and work out how to make a better world. Read more about Climate change, Gen-Z, Stakeholder Capitalism – the key themes for Davos 2020[…]

Mark Carney makes the financial case for tackling climate change

I believe that in 2020 we’ll hear a lot more about what I consider to be the most important issue surrounding climate change: namely financing the transition to a zero-carbon emission economy. I was therefore fascinated to listen to the interview about climate change finance delivered on New Year’s Eve during Greta Thunberg’s guest-edited Today Read more about Mark Carney makes the financial case for tackling climate change[…]

2020 – are we on a Highway to Hell?

As AC/DC memorably sang a few decades ago – are we on a Highway to Hell? Well sometimes I wonder… And so 2019 rolls onto its inevitable finale, ending not just the year but also a decade. So how was it for you? Are you full of fear – intimidated by the magnitude of the Read more about 2020 – are we on a Highway to Hell?[…]

The 2019 election – a new dawn in the UK’s battle against climate change?

Notable for its staggering lack of leadership from governments, COP25 failed to deliver. “The point of no return is no longer on the horizon,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said. “It is in sight and hurtling towards us.”  “The new generations expect more from us,” added Chile’s Environment Minister Carolina Schmidt, who presided over the United Read more about The 2019 election – a new dawn in the UK’s battle against climate change?[…]

New Global GoalsCast – can companies save the planet?

As you may know through Greta Thunberg’s boating escapades, the interjection from the Pope, and the EU Parliament declaring a climate emergency, the UN’s Climate Change Conference (COP25) kicked off this week in Madrid. In some ways it is a bittersweet time for those of us who champion the global goals. On the one hand, Read more about New Global GoalsCast – can companies save the planet?[…]

Q and A with Ibrahim Kondeh – one migrant’s journey

“I didn’t become strong because I wanted to: I became strong because I had to.” Map of Ibrahim’s journey as seen on Google Earth Ibrahim left his home in search of a better life. Now, the young poet is speaking up for the rights of refugee and migrant children.  We spoke at length to Ibrahim Read more about Q and A with Ibrahim Kondeh – one migrant’s journey[…]

How technology is tackling the slave trade

In 1807 William Wilberforce, along with many supporters, managed to put an end to the Transatlantic slave trade. It’s a historical event that is rightly celebrated.  Yet I wonder if many Britons think that this was the end of slavery in the UK. Sadly this isn’t the case. At an event I recently attended – Read more about How technology is tackling the slave trade[…]

Can a simple text message change a life? For migrants it can

I am really excited to say that the second part of @globalgoalscast‘s episode on migration is now live. It concludes an incredible, tragic but also uplifting story. You can tune in here. More than 30,000 African migrants have died crossing the Mediterranean. Ibrahim Kondeh narrowly escapes becoming one of them. But through luck and courage, Read more about Can a simple text message change a life? For migrants it can[…]