Linnean Future

"The perfect storm of the planetary emergency of climate change and biodiversity loss, coupled with the unpredictability of disease emergence, has profoundly changed our lives. To better contribute to transformative global solutions, and to further our vision of a world where nature is understood, valued and protected, Council resolves to use the unique platform of the Society to highlight, communicate, and facilitate action by addressing the impacts of the planetary emergency on our natural world."

Adopted at Linnean Society AGM, 26 May 2020

In response to the ongoing planetary emergency, the Society formed a new committee Linnean Future: The Planetary Emergency Response Committee of the Linnean Society, which was named by our Fellows and launched on 3 March 2021.

The Society is committed to Net Zero (with offsets) by 2022, and reducing our carbon emissions by at least half by 2030.

Linnean Future has four core areas of work:

  • Practising what we preach — improving the sustainability of ways of working in the Society in relation to the planetary emergency of climate change and biodiversity loss.
  • Supporting the science — aiding collaboration and research that address the planetary emergency, particularly in the areas of taxonomy and systematics.
  • Sharing our expertise — ensuring the Society acts as a forum and focus for scientific debate, practical discussion, and policy advice at a national and global scales regarding biodiversity in relation to the planetary emergency.
  • Inspiring action — engaging and involving the Fellows, Members and the public in debate and learning. Highlight, communicate, and facilitate action addressing the impacts of the planetary emergency on our natural world.

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This webpage has been developed to be a hub for sharing the work of the Linnean Society and its Fellows in connection with the planetary emergency of climate change and biodiversity loss.