Published: 21 May 2012 at 10:27
Warning from Dr Aled Jones, Director of Anglia Ruskin’s Global Sustainability Institute
The pensions of British workers are being jeopardised by the City’s over reliance on high carbon investments, according to Dr Aled Jones, Director of Anglia Ruskin University’s Global Sustainability Institute (GSI).
Dr Jones will deliver his warning at the official launch of the GSI at Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford campus on Wednesday, 23 May.
The GSI plays a critical role in allying academic disciplines from across Anglia Ruskin together with business and governments. Earlier this year Dr Jones joined others in writing to the Bank of England and the European Systemic Risk Board to highlight the potential risks posed to the finance sector by high carbon investments.
Since being formed in March 2011 the GSI has been involved in a number of important studies, including partnering credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s to investigate the impact of water scarcity on the East of England and working with the British Antarctic Survey to research the communication of climate science.
Anglia Ruskin was also the first UK university to sign the Rio +20 Declaration of Higher Education Institutions ahead of next month’s UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil. This involves universities pledging to reduce their own environmental footprints as well as teaching and encouraging research on sustainable development issues.The GSI launch begins at 5pm on Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford campus and will include talks by Dr Jones and Professor Michael Thorne, Anglia Ruskin’s Vice Chancellor. The event will be followed by a free public lecture by photographer Mark Edwards, who will be discussing his Hard Rain:Whole Earth? exhibition which is on display at Anglia Ruskin from 19-29 May.