“Earth Day Network works year round to solve climate change, to end plastic pollution, to protect endangered species, and to broaden, educate, and activate the environmental movement across the globe.”
Stark warnings of the extinction of insects and all kinds of other life forms are regularly issued in local and international media. The importance to us all of maintaining diversity in all its forms cannot be underestimated. This includes the diversity of life forms, as well as the diversity of cultures and ideas. In business, diversity in the boardroom counts too. At Redmond Group we are fortunate to have Dr Paul Toyne, our non-executive director, who has a diverse background in property and construction and also in biodiversity conservation.
Paul entered the built-environment sector as he realised that urbanisation and the unsustainable production and consumption of materials would lead to the depletion of our natural resources. In his numerous roles he advises businesses on how to reduce these impacts – becoming more efficient, saving on energy and materials, and – as a useful side effect, saving on cost. Not many sustainability experts in our sector have real-life experiences making a difference in science; Paul does.
In the early part of his career Paul directed scientific expeditions to the cloud forests of Ecuador in the high Andes. Here Paul discovered several new species of butterfly. One of them, Splendeuptychia toynei, was named after him by scientists in America, whose specimens were sent to our British Natural History Museum. Another specimen (known to science) was sent to an expert in Poland. Paul decided to auction the naming rights in a competition with the World Wildlife Fund, who he had recently joined. The winner was a nine-year old girl Isobel Talks and the butterfly named “Isobel’s butterfly”. The BBC TV covered the story and you can see Isobel and Paul meeting with the actress Wendy Craig who starred in the BBC1 sitcom Butterflies here:
The story does not end there. Many years later Isobel tracked Paul down telling him that the butterfly experience had inspired her to study sciences at Durham University. And that before enrolling in her gap year she wanted to find her butterfly. Paul got out his field notes and directed Isobel to a specific location in Podocarpus National Park in southern Ecuador, where she was fortunate enough to see her butterfly. An amazing story with happy ending! Furthermore, Paul’s research provided vital evidence of the biological importance of the areas surrounding the Park, which the government extended to safeguard. “It was a great honour to have a butterfly named after me, in many ways it’s a legacy….equally important however is inspiring and encouraging others, like Isobel, to take an active interest in the our natural world” Paul told Redmond Group recently.
At Redmond Group, we wholeheartedly support the protection and sustainability of the environment, earth, and all our creatures. We have regular visits from schoolchildren to our Community zoo. And we run a woodland restoration project and cross pollination project in Hertfordshire. Read about them using the links below:
We also commit to align ourselves to the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):