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Heating up the Climate Debate: Katowice COP24

Written by Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. It is hard to keep up with announcements in the news about or concerning Climate Change. 2018 is looking like the hottest year on record. The IPCC reports that we have 12 years to avoid 2°C and are failing to make sufficient emissions reductions globally. And when David Attenborough spoke at the 24th Annual Conference of World’s Governments in Katowice Poland (COP24), he told the conference that “if we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on...

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Isobel Wylie Hutchison: On the Trail to Aklavik

Written by Jo Woolf, our fantastic Writer-in-Residence. Her book, The Great Horizon, features Isobel Wylie Hutchsion plus 49 other explorers associated with the RSGS — a perfect Christmas gift for someone special…    When the wander-fit is on me I would up and hie away, For Beauty lies in wait for all upon the brink of day; Then homely things seem naught to me, I’d leave them far behind To travel with the hurrying stars and with the wandering wind. It’s strange that though my lines are set so fair and pleasant here, Yet every now and then there...

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Lest They Forget

Written by Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. Remembrance Sunday, which falls on 11 November 2018, marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, in which more than one million Commonwealth soldiers and many civilians lost their lives. It is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who ‘sacrificed’ themselves to secure and protect our freedom. Their ‘sacrifice’ is quite rightly commemorated and reflected upon – and not just in this First World War, but in wars before and afterwards too, particularly World War II. These generations who fought and...

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We Are All In This Together

The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, delivered her first full speech to the UN General Assembly in late September 2018. Her inspiring message of collaboration and kindness is reprinted below with the permission of the New Zealand Government. A link to the video is at the bottom of this page. Madam President, Mr Secretary-General, friends in the global community. My opening remarks were in te reo Māori, the language of the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand.  As is tradition, I acknowledged those who are here, why we are here, and the importance of our work. It...

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A Vanishing Sea of Ice

Written by Luke and Hazel Robertson, our Explorers-in-Residence who have just returned from a year spent living in Europe.  Skis balanced delicately over one shoulder, we climbed higher. The weight of each laboured step in heavy boots caused the metal steps to shudder and a clanging noise to reverberate around the valley. This was no mountaineering ascent. Instead, we were travelling back in time; every few minutes revealed another small plaque drilled into the ice-worn rock. 2017. 2013. 2008. Then finally our eyes spotted it: 2001. We stopped and looked back down from where we had come – the scale...

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