We must adopt the wisdom of sustainability, The Prince of Wales tells Earth System conference

The Prince of Wales encourages leading figures in science to work toward a more sustainable and equitable future for all at a University of East Anglia (UEA) conference.
 
The Prince is giving the opening video address [click to watch .mov] of the 2014 Norwich Conference on Earth System Governance: Access and Allocation in the Anthropocene. The conference will start with a public debate on ‘Sharing Our Earth,’ including the speech from The Prince, Patron of UEA’s School of Environmental Sciences. The full programme starts tomorrow.
 
The conference, which is being hosted for the first time in the UK, brings together the world’s foremost researchers on environmental governance to work toward creating a sustainable planet. It is the annual gathering of the Earth System Governance Project, which began in 2008 to coordinate efforts to deal with environmental change. The project is part of Future Earth, an international research initiative that focuses on environmental change and sustainability.
 
The Prince will tell the conference that humans cannot continue with business as usual if we are to leave a vibrant, thriving planet for future generations. The Prince says it is vital to pass on the wisdom of sustainability, incorporating justice and compassion for all.
 
Professor Corinne Le Quéré, director of the Tyndall Centre at UEA and a member of the Future Earth science committee, applauded The Prince’s involvement in the project.
 
Prof Le Quéré said: “We are delighted that Prince Charles supports the new Future Earth research programme for global sustainability.
 
“Future Earth will provide critical knowledge to face the challenges posed by global environmental change and identify the opportunities for a transformation to global sustainability.”  
 
The Earth System Governance Project pushes for efforts at both the local and global level to deal with environmental problems – such as climate change, biodiversity loss and water quality – and this year is putting a particular focus on ethical issues around food and water security, access to resources and other human rights concerns.
 
The conference, which runs from July 1-3, will include discussions on:
·         Governing Earth’s resources : what is needed to strengthen cooperation around sharing water, forests and other resources?
·         Green growth and the new development pathways: can we connect innovation with practice and remove barriers? 
·         Sustainability and prosperity: how can this be achieved for everyone?
 
Conference Chair Dr Heike Schroeder from UEA’s School of International Development said: “Justice, equity and fairness are key to governing Earth's resources and ultimately living sustainably and well on this planet, today and into the future.
 
“We need to recreate a more harmonious and conscious relationship between humans and nature.”
 
The 2014 Norwich Conference on Earth System Governance is sponsored by UEA’s School of International Development, the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and UEA’s faculties of the Science and Social Sciences.
 
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EDITOR’S NOTES
 
1/ For more information about attending the conference or to request an interview with one of the participants, please email press@uea.ac.uk.
 
2/ Fifty Years of the University of East Anglia
The University of East Anglia (UEA) was founded in 1963 and this academic year celebrates its 50th anniversary. It has played a significant role in advancing human understanding and in 2012 the Times Higher Education ranked UEA as one of the 10 best universities in the world under 50 years of age. The university has graduated more than 100,000 students, attracted to Norwich Research Park some of Britain’s key research institutes and a major University Hospital, and made a powerful cultural, social and economic impact on the region. UEA was ranked first in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2013.
www.uea.ac.uk/50years
 
3/ The University of East Anglia’s School of International Development is a leading global centre of excellence in research and teaching in international development. Its research performance is internationally excellent and it is among the top three development studies departments in the country, according to the last UK government research assessment exercise.
The school was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2010 - the UK’s most prestigious higher education award, given to those who can demonstrate outstanding work at a world-class level.
www.uea.ac.uk/dev   
 
4/ UEA’s school of Environmental Sciences is one of the longest established, largest and most fully developed of its kind in Europe. In the last Research Assessment Exercise, 95 per cent of the school’s activity was classified as internationally excellent or world leading, and it was ranked 6th in the
Guardian League Table 2014. It was ranked joint second in the country for teaching in the 2012 National Student Survey. www.uea.ac.uk/env
 
5/ The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research is an active and expanding partnership between the Universities of East Anglia (headquarters), Cambridge, Cardiff, Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford, Southampton, Sussex, and recently Fudan University in Shanghai. It conducts research on the interdisciplinary aspects of climate change and is committed to promote informed and effective dialogue across society about the options to manage our future climate. www.tyndall.ac.uk

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