"By 2030, we have to aggressively reduce our impact and in particular our carbon emissions into the atmosphere. That is the single biggest thing we can do to start protecting global biodiversity."
Pen Hadow – explorer and conservationist
Facilities managers are "agents for change" and are in unique positions to tackle the dangers to global biodiversity through the infrastructure that they manage, according to Arctic explorer and ocean conservationist Pen Hadow.
Hadow was addressing delegates at the IWFM conference last week and asked them: "As members of the IWFM, what is your level of ambition?"
His message was clear: "By 2030, we have to aggressively reduce our impact and in particular our carbon emissions into the atmosphere. That is the single biggest thing we can do to start protecting global biodiversity.
The scale of species eradicated by humans has been extensive, he said, adding that "we are basically self-harming – not just ourselves but our children and their prospects".
He added: "We have got to aggressively address through all means the situation and for you as members, it is particularly through the infrastructure that you manage.
"No one else is going to do anything about it. The animals and the plants are defenceless and actually our health, and continuing as a race, depends on what we do now. So please realise that you are agents for change and you are in a position of doing something more than your average person because of the infrastructure that you manage and organisations that you can provide leadership to from a sustainability angle."