The Pelican Beak no.6

No.6

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The swan’s legs are moving hurriedly as the world prepares to open up. Here’s what we’re seeing:

The view:

Totem of climate change, David Attenborough, tells the UN that climate is a national security threat; and we must lead by example as we gear up for COP26 in Glasgow.

Meanwhile the Arctic’s now open for business year round, fossil fuel freezes Texas and lobbyists scramble to scapegoat renewables. The good news, Biden conserves 400m acres, Gates urges the young to put climate above their own success and the head of the UN calls for greater climate ambition amongst member states.

Hope as the UN releases a bold new climate plan with nature at its centre. Percy lands on Mars and jaguars are returned to Argentina for first time in 70 years.

With 41% of amphibians threatened with extinction worldwide, and diminishing wetlands, here’s a guide to the UK’s toads, newts, salamanders et al.


Our news: we’re launching a sustainable food fund

Early stage, where help’s most needed, to transition our food systems, improve our soils, deliver affordable, nutritious food and regenerate ecosystems.

We’ve partnered with an industry leader, university and their incubation hub. Assembled a leading team across regenerative agriculture/ agro-ecology, smart food systems, the microbiome, nutrient density, transition finance and sustainable reforestation. Alongside experts in portfolio management, due diligence and growing companies.

If you’re keen to know more, please get in touch here.


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Chris

“We are on the cusp of the fastest, deepest, most consequential disruption of agriculture in history.” - RethinkX

Christopher Ramsay
PELICAN FOUNDERS

Partner of Patagonia’s 1% for the Planet
Ambassador to Weforest.org
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QUICK VIDEOS

Sir David tells the UN to lead by example: COP26 is our last chance to fight climate change & global co-operation is key:

The case for switching away from cheap food in the UK

Visionary food policy advisor Tim Lang, says there’s a mismatch of land use, food production, and consumption. It’s had some far-reaching consequences. How can we change our diets to promote a system that delivers better outcomes?

Mimicking nature: the future of farming

How growing cider apples with globe artichokes can reduce farming costs. Riverford Organic’s Guy Singh-Watson explains why we need to farm with nature:


PODCASTS

What are we actually supposed to do? Carbon expert and award-winning author Mike Berners-Lee tells it straight.

Can Britain hit its target? Net Zero by 2050 is creeping to the top of the international agenda after a year of politics being dominated by the pandemic. Is the UK on track?

For the Love of Peat. In Europe, peatlands contain five times more carbon than forests. Let’s take care of them. By The 99% Invisible City team.


REPORT

Please read! Likely the most important report of the year… and it’s fascinating.

THE ECONOMICS OF BIODIVERSITY: commissioned by the UK GOV.

Until very recently, nature’s not been considered in our economic models. Ecological economist R. Constanza found that even if we could pay for biodiversity, there’s not enough money, globally, to pay for it all. The message here is clear: don’t kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.

The detail is continuous and worth reading in full:

‘Today, we ourselves, together with the livestock we rear for food, constitute 96% of the mass of all mammals on the planet. Only 4% is everything else – from elephants to badgers, from moose to monkeys.’ - David Attenborough’s foreword.

For headline messages, see here - though we strongly recommend reading the more detailed Abridged Version here.


BOOKS

Rebirding

How the majestic Pelican once thrived beside beavers on UK fenland, wetland and marshland, that covered 20% of our nation’s surface. Macdonald opens our eyes to the need for habitat, the relevance of animals in creating balanced ecosystems and how quickly they’re disappearing.

Do: Wild Baking: Food, Fire, Good Times

Armed with your hero ingredients, essential kit, and some kindling, Tom Herbert inspires us to leave the kitchen for an outdoor adventure, even if it's just a short walk from home. For a dinner that doesn’t just focus on the food.

The Jungle Garden

More than 3 quarters of the UK population lives in cities. With habitats and biodiversity being destroyed unsustainably, we could all make a difference by having wildlife-friendly gardens. Dave Goulson shows us how to make a garden habitat fit for bees.


FILMS

2040: We’ve got it already. Embracing the best of what already exists:

Paul Hawker of Project Drawdown (must read) and Kate Raworth of Doughnut Economics, advise on seaweed permaculture, distributed solar, and creative thinking.

Chasing Coral, how we can save our seas:

A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover the truth behind vanishing coral reefs.

Gather. Relearning Native food systems, from salmon to buffalo:

Taking an intimate look at one often ignored piece of indigenous knowledge, food traditions and working with nature’s systems.


GREAT NEWS FOR OUR PELICAN FOUNDERS!

Congratulations to Proteon, the team removing antibiotics from food systems.

They’ve received significant funding from Aqua Spark and another corporate investor as well as confirming their second tier 1 partner, with the world’s leading aqua-feed developer and distributor.

Congratulations to Weedingtech, the organic herbicide team, for beating their 2020 targets and creating a clear route to profitability via their tier 1 distributors.

Well done to our founders, if you’d like to discuss your impact investment agenda and how it might fit with our array of founders and fund managers innovating better systems, please get in touch here, we’d love to chat.


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