UK Climate Change Challenge - and Mid Derbyshire

As some of you will know I am standing in Mid-Derbyshire for the Liberal Democrats. I have a story I want to share with you.

In 2010 I sat in the rooms at the UN Copenhagen Climate Summit while heads of state attempted unsuccessfully to secure a climate agreement. It was a very depressing flight back from Copenhagen after two years of careful work ending with no deal. Addressing climate change is a very difficult issue to address.
We have become addicted to fossil fuels whether in their use for heating our houses, producing electricity for powering our economy or transporting us to work or on holiday or for that matter in wrapping our food and goods in one of their use’s plastics. The scientists are nearly unanimous that we are contribution through the use of fossil fuels to the heating of the planet.
It is true to say that consecutive governments have wasted over twenty years when we could have made real progress.
Governments like the UK and USA have been reluctant to accept the historic…

Felix Dodds Launch Campaign Video for the Mid Derbyshire constituency for the Liberal Democrats

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Heads of State Political Declaration from September adopted

Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 15 October 2019

[without reference to a Main Committee (A/74/L.2)]

74/4.Political declaration of the high-level political forum on sustainable development convened under the auspices of the General Assembly

The General Assembly Endorses the political declaration adopted by the high-level political forum on sustainable development convened under the auspices of the General Assembly, which is contained in the annex to the present resolution.
Gearing up for a decade of action and delivery for sustainable development: political declaration of the Sustainable Development Goals Summit
Our commitment
1.We, the Heads of State and Government and high representatives, have met at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 24 and 25 September 2019 at the Sustainable Development Goals Summit,[1] to review progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.[2] 2.We stand firm in our determination to implement the 2030 Agenda as a plan of action for people…

The future is female and the present is fertile ground for progressive change; women-led startups in SDG implementation is worth our dedicated, coordinated attention

Guest blog: R. Bong Vergara is the founder and director for CYPHER Impact Investment Exchange (CYPHER X), a California nonprofit focused on the investment readiness of women-led startups. 

Low investment flow and poor investment readiness impede the participation of women entrepreneurs in the technology field, thus, in advancing the STI framework for local Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) implementation. Only 2% of funded startups are women-led. If women startups are to fully contribute to the low-carbon transition, it is important to eliminate low investment flow and poor investment readiness as gendered and racialized barriers. Doing so requires strategies that are participatory, inclusive, and creative.

I’m part of a team of advanced practice social workers that is laser-focused on supporting women-led startups; we particularly support those working on SDGs 1, 3, and 10 because of their goodness-of-fit with social welfare issues. If all communities, no matter their background, are…


This was originally published in ensia on the October 15, 2019. The article is by John Vidal @john_vidal Environment editor — “This is where I keep my weapon,” said Lolem, a young Karamojong cattle herder. Digging below the surface of the bone-dry ground in northern Uganda, he drew out an old AK-47 and some bullets, wrapped in plastic bags. “The last time I used it was nearly two weeks ago. We were attacked by some raiders from Kenya at night. We shot at them but no one was hurt. Now the Ugandan army wants us to give up our guns, but we need them to survive.” Pastoralists in this region have clashed for decades over water points and pasture lands, but in 2011 when I visited Lobelai, parts of Africa were facing their worst drought in 60 years. The pastoralist Karamojong communities and their neighbors in northern Kenya and South Sudan were desperate for water and pasture for their vast herds. There were regular skirmishes, sometimes turning into fierce battles with people being killed t…