Soil to Sky film – The Ecological Sequestration Trust

29 Sep 2015

This short film produced by Future Earth Ltd., introduces The Ecological Sequestration Trust, the International Centre for Earth Simulation (ICES Foundation), and the inspiration behind, the world’s first integrated systems model for low carbon, resilient development.

 The Trust was established in 2011, to scale-up transformative rural-urban development towards a resilient, low-carbon, resource efficient way of living. Through our work with the ICES Foundation, we have brought together world-leading modellers and sector experts to design and create the best tools possible to face the challenges of global population growth and rapid urbanisation. These challenges intensify our demand on the environment, while placing large numbers of people at risk of the stresses and shocks associated with climate change, resource scarcity, ecosystem degradation, limited investment and the disruption of key resource flows.

The five-year journey to this point, has involved many of the world’s top professionals, and has brought us firmly into the Disaster Risk Reduction community, the Sustainable Development Goal community and those setting strategy for Climate Change. We have supported goal development, helped explain the science and worked hard to figure out what the practical needs are, particularly how to connect in finance and insurance.

We hope that our practical, open-source, decision making platform will become a ‘compass’ to enable communities all over the world to anticipate and steer through disasters and aim and accelerate towards a more resilient and sustainable future.

 We are currently working in the UK, China, Ghana and Mongolia, to develop the modelling and analysis tools, information access and a network of world-leading global expertise and corporate and civil partnerships. We hope that these regions will become exemplars of sustainable development, boosting regional recognition and inward investment.