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February/March 2023

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We’re well into 2023 now and as ever time marches on apace. That back to work feeling quickly fell away in January leaving us looking to the future not only this Spring but the next few years and decades too.

Guernsey Electricity have joined us in not only looking to the future, but in telling us how they’ll be powering our future. Stuart Blondel talked me through the utility’s plans for the next 30 years as Guernsey aims to be a carbon-neutral island by 2050.

A lofty ambition? Yes. One we can’t afford to give up on though and Guernsey Electricity is leading the way in helping us all achieve
the target as a community.

Sticking with the environmentally conscious theme that runs through life, we’ve taken a closer look at the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework was signed by an international set of delegates at a United Nations summit - COP15 - just before Christmas.

Nearly 200 countries signed it, agreeing measurable targets for 2030.

Guernsey is not a signatory to the agreement but we have many different groups and individuals ensuring that the importance of biodiversity rises up the agenda on a public and third-sector level locally too.

One way all of the Channel Islands can ensure we meet environmental targets is by working together, which is the theme of this issue’s Unplugged where we have sat down with Chris Brock to look at his latest vision for closer pan- island co-operation.

If that all gets a bit heavy, how about considering a different career? In No Ordinary Day Job we’ve found out what it takes to run the show at St James.

No longer seen as solely the home of choirs and orchestras, the iconic building is now home to raves, acoustic nights, kooky tea parties, comedy nights and so much more.

Nick Mann has joined the family at Connect and Express and he went to chat with Gregory Harrison to find out exactly what is done to ensure all those shows go on as scheduled. It sounds like a lot of hard work but a whole lot of fun too, and with Jazz and comedy nights and visiting bands and speakers his day job will continue to be anything but ordinary.

I am also very proud to announce that this year we have chosen to support the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation as our Connect Charity of the Year.

The wonderful team at the PPBF have joined us in our office at the Picquet House, taking on the ground floor. They had support from the Guernsey Basketball mens’ team - with the Beausire brothers among them - to get their new office painted and spruced up for 2023. With Jo and Andy Priaulx, their children Seb and Daniella, and the charity’s team of workers and volunteers including Pete Beausire, Sammy Meerveld and Stephie Gordon, we’re looking forward to learning all about what they do, and how we can support their work, this year.

With thanks to all contributors, photographers, and creatives who have helped us bring together this issue, I hope you enjoy reading Connect

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