Knowledge is power By Dr James Cadman

There was a recent article saying that school children are not getting good quality and consistent learning on climate change and other sustainability issues – that they are being failed by schools’ amount and quality of teaching.

This is worrying statement.

In order to tackle the climate crisis, and other related sustainability impacts of plastic pollution, and poor labour standards, we require everyone to have a minimum level of understanding. The pandemic over the last two years have shown we can achieve this level of sharing of information and explanation of the issues and how to act on them.

But the climate crisis isn’t an acute, relatively short-lived issue. It’s a chronic accumulation of activity over the last 70 or more years. And as a consequence of that slow but incessant deepening of the crisis, many of us are unaware of it. Or, even worse, become complacent to it.

We need the same level of nationwide, planet-wide, understanding of the situation that we have about Covid-19, and what to do about it, if we have any chance of turning things around.

And this starts with education.

It is on this platform that we can inspire and train people to develop a greener economy; one that provides business opportunities for all sectors and organisations. Again, there are many articles you can read which talk about the need for ‘21st century’ skills – in renewable energy, manufacturing and construction based on the circular economy, more efficient and climate-aware agriculture. These jobs, and the skills needed for them, don’t grow on trees (sorry); they take time to establish and reach their potential.

So, where to start your journey to a greater understanding of how you can play your part in tackling the climate crisis?

Well, if you need specific support for your organisation, such as calculating a baseline, developing a strategy, and an action plan, come and speak with us at Action Sustainability.

If you’re looking for training on carbon and other sustainability issues, we recommend you join the free-to-use Supply Chain Sustainability School.

And at some point, you will need to measure and report on your carbon emissions and other impacts. We have a sustainability performance tool made just for that.

Grow your knowledge. Develop your capabilities. Deliver your actions.

Get in touch.

James Cadman

For more information

Dr. James Cadman
Head of Consultancy
james@actionsustainability.com

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