My personal leadership challenge focused on increasing my impact by focusing on the politics of climate change to create more pressure toward sustainable outcomes. I have completed a lot with regard to my personal habits and work, but not much in this area…I was weirdly disconnected with my politics and sustainability. Well now not, although I am not sure if I am finding more questions or answers by dealing with political parties and campaign groups! This is also probably a broader reflection of politics more generally in the UK at the moment 😊
One way I increased my personal impact was by speaking at a fringe event on climate change at a UK party conference. It was my first experience of a party conference, super interesting with lots of different folk and politicians in attendance. I spoke about the new climate disclosures, pathways required to achieve 2 degrees and a just transition. This was a great opportunity, which I am really thankful for.
On a slightly different political tack, I joined my first extinction rebellion protest in London in October. In my view this group are doing a lot to increase the profile of climate change, although I do not necessarily agree with all their tactics! It seems a bit odd to target public transport, this is clearly part of the solution. In any case, it was a good experience, felt proactive and reading the extinction rebellion literature there is much I personally agree with. The podcast their co-founder had on Luminery with Russell Brand was also super interesting.
The latter has got me thinking about the role of mindfulness in dealing with climate change and sustainability. Being thoughtful and listening to others, even when they have different views, is key to finding solutions. It is all to easy to fall into the trap of identity politics and thoughtless simplistic stereotyping. To increase my positive impacts, I am going to continue to ask questions of myself and others regarding climate change, plus listen mindfully to the answers. Maybe I will have a chance to start soon by asking the candidates in my local constituency some questions during the general election campaign!
Over and out.