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IEDP Issue  94                                                                              September 2021

A word from the Chair

Hello and welcome to the September newsletter.

So we find ourselves in autumn, after a glorious late resurgence of summer heat, there is now a distinct chill in the evening air. 

This time of year often feels like a fresh start, a new term an opportunity to set new goals….however the reality is often that we look at old issues and concerns through a new lens and figure out ways to move forward… after all things don’t suddenly change because of a change of season.

We are having our resilience tested again and again it seems, initially with the extended trauma of COVID, then the effects of Brexit and more recently the news that climate change is accelerating faster than we realised coupled with the new fuel drama ….(and so much more) It’s easy to see how we can find ourselves depleted and just worn out! 

It’s also easy to see how we can take our eye off the ball in relation to the work that we have to do as the world that we live in seems to be falling apart. At times like this, it’s all too easy for us to focus on our own self-interest and delude ourselves that the ever-present issues are someone else’s problems to find solutions to, once our daily life isn’t affected. 

The thing is that now more than ever we have to stand up …..for human rights and social justice because whether we’re talking about those who are marginalised and underrepresented because of ethnicity, religion, disability, sexuality, gender, social background, education or those who are persecuted for the same… we can’t afford to sit back and wait for others to act; Six degrees of separation makes it likely that it could be someone that you know and love who is suffering the effects.

We are looking forward to starting our events again, so watch this space.

If any of you would like to contribute an opinion piece please send us an email at info@iedp.org.uk

Denise

Denise Rabor, IEDP Chair 

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And finally...

We hope you enjoyed reading this newsletter and would welcome any feedback or suggestions about how we could improve it for the benefit of our members. If you have any ideas for future editions or would be interested in writing an item for the next issue please contact the IEDP office on: info@iedp.org.uk 

The deadline for contributions to the next issue is 15 September 2021. Please circulate this newsletter to anyone who may be interested in our work or who may wish to join the Institute.
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