Panellists at the successful Harmony Debates Summit in Wales last week joined the growing chorus for change and RESET, adding their voices to the call for urgent action by world leaders in government, business and education globally, to work harder and faster to reduce their negative impact on our planet and environment.
Urgent change was a consistent message from panellists including Jane Davidson, Leo Downer and Nick Campion, who gathered for The Harmony Debates Summit.
The event was held virtually to celebrate the publication of a new book, The Harmony Debates, edited by Associate Professor Nick Campion from Harmony Institute (UWTSD).
The book brings together 47 essays outlining the gathering evidence from respected authorities from all areas of business and industry who have embraced the philosophy of Harmony as a blueprint for a more sustainable future for all.
Associate Professor Nick Campion said the summit reinforced the urgent need to make change across all areas of our society.
‘Young people are most impacted’, he said, ‘and it would seem from our recent research more open than ever given the enormity of the challenges facing the world and our human species right now. ‘
‘It is beholden to all leaders to act urgently to lessen their negative impact and improve the world we pass on to our young people to care for. Embracing the philosophy provides a robust and sustainable blueprint for how we live and work that can measurably improve our chances of survival and build a fairer, more equal, interconnected and sustainable future for our planet and people’, Professor Campion concluded.
‘I do see some really bright lights of hope actually, as it becomes evident that the world is beginning to catch up with the messages of Harmony, and the one that I think is most important is this point of everything being connected to everything else, and if we wish to make sense of anything, we have to see it in the context of all the other things that it touches.
‘This question of environmental degradation is at the front and centre of my work with Natural England and one of the things I am very encouraged by is the way in which the penny is beginning to drop about the need for integrated approaches. You can start to see this in the way that agricultural policy for the future will now be harnessed for the recovery of the natural environment.
‘I am hoping that future planning won’t just be about the planning of new houses, but also planning for the recovery of nature at the same time to catch carbon, reduce flood risk and improve water security.’
Chair of Natural England