- Countryside in Crisis?
- The Energy Water Food Stress Nexus
- Unsustainable Fishing
- Keeping pace with a digital revolution
- Global health in the 21st Century
- Adapting to an urban future
- Educating for tomorrow
- Digital technology in Africa
- Persistent poverty in Britain
- Can the UK ever be sustainable?
- Plastic pollution in the oceans
- Natural disasters: how to improve?
- Not In My Back Yard
- Digital Divide in the UK?
- Importing goods, exporting drought?
- Britain’s ageing population
- Engineering our climate
- The future shape of Capitalism
- Migration: skills and the job market
- Razing the Rainforest
- London under water
- Concreting the countryside
- Future of low carbon energy
- Africa in the 21st Century
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Interview with Shaun Spiers, CEO of CPRE
"If you look generally at history and how change happens; it happens through small groups of very passionate people and that makes society better"
Shaun Spiers has been Chief Executive of Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) since 2004. From 1999 to 2004 he was Chief Executive of the Association of British Credit Unions Limited (ABCUL). From 1994 to 1999 he was the Member of the European Parliament for London South East. He has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from St. John's College, Oxford University.
CPRE is a registered charity with over 60,000 members and supporters living in our cities, towns, villages and the countryside. CPRE operate as a network with over 200 district groups, a branch in every county, a group in every region and a National Office. Over 2,000 parish councils and 800 amenity societies belong to CPRE. This makes CPRE a powerful combination of effective local action and strong national campaigning.
CPRE campaigns for a sustainable future for the English countryside, a vital but undervalued environmental, economic and social asset to the nation. They highlight threats and promote positive solutions. In-depth research supports active campaigning, and through reasoned argument and lobbying seek to influence public opinion and decision-makers at every level.
CPRE led the campaign to create the town and country planning system, National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and Green Belts. Even so, the countryside continues to face a multitude of threats. CPRE campaigns to protect and enhance our landscape heritage for the benefit of all.