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A note from the LGS President :-
Those of you who attended the Herdman Symposium last
year will have heard a talk by Dr. Joel Gill about the work
and aims of the 'Geology for Global Development' (GfGD)
programme. Several of you commented that they found it
inspirational that Geologists and Geology, long associated
with the exploitation of Earth Resources, should also now
be linked with plans to help achieve the highly ambitious
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The GfGD group in the UK started with a group of University
students and recent graduates who wanted to raise
awareness and apply their skills to helping communities in
less developed countries. Projects have involved helping to
install water wells in geologically and culturally sensible
places as well as helping local people to better understand
local natural hazards. These continue and there is much to
be done in other areas including sustainable development
of mineral and hydrocarbon resources, land use,
engineering geology and more.
GfGD now has affiliated student groups in most of the
leading Earth Science Departments in the UK and its
Director is employed by the British Geological Survey. It is a
registered charity and has ambitious aims to raise
awareness and initiate practical projects in the future.
I am very pleased to let you know that, in its 160th year and
with the full support of its Council, the Liverpool Geological
Society has become the first local Geological Society to be
affiliated with the GfGD. At present this has simply entailed
the completion of a joint agreement for mutual support: so
we need to work out what to do next. I hope you will
welcome this initiative and that we can arrange future
speakers to tell us more about this inspiring work and
arrange ways in which our membership can raise both
money and awareness in our own setting.
If you are interested you can find out a lot more about
GfGD online and can contribute directly to their efforts.
Please contact me if you have ideas for our future
programme or activities.