Creating ‘One Landscape’: GLF managing director John Colmey on how living knowledge and local communities can help the world recover from COVID-19 and climate change

26 Nov 2020

Spirit Rosenberg from interviewed John Colmey from Global Landscapes Forum as part of their ‘ Talks With…’ podcast. This series is an antidote to negative news stories that aims to shed light on organizations and experts whose work is making a positive impact on the world.

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To solve humanity’s most pressing issues, like climate change and inequality, we must remember that our planet is one intricately connected ecosystem. It is important to collaborate internationally and harness collective knowledge to stimulate sustainable development.

What is the Global Landscapes trying to achieve?

GLF is a decentralized movement that promotes sustainable land use in pursuit of the UN’s sustainable development goals. It specifically targets goal 17 – aligning as many international organizations as possible to tackle development issues. 

To do this, GLF uses The Landscape Approach. This evidence-based framework is about managing land responsibly, taking both human needs and general environmental concerns into account. The world’s peatlands benefit from this holistic thinking. Their destruction doesn’t just affect local communities that rely on them for food and leisure. John explains that the conversion of peat landscapes releases devastating amounts of carbon into the atmosphere, affecting the global effort against climate change.

How can you help?

Listen to the whole interview to find out how you can get involved with GLFx, local independently-run communities that champion land sustainability. You can also join the Landscape Academy – GLF’s learning platform – and participate in upcoming events. By working together and staying informed, we can catalyse global development. is an organization that is changing the way people think about charity, development, and organizations. They’re leading the next generation of charitable giving with their completely remote and radically transparent team. Find out more.


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