Helping individuals and organizations cope with the climate crisis is the goal of a first Australian training program adopted by the University of Queensland.
After a successful pilot project, UQ Business School became an accredited partner of the Carbon Literacy Project as the first Australian university to launch a carbon literacy program.
The United Nations (UN) Director of Principles for Responsible Care Training (PRME) for UQ Business School Dr Cle-Anne Gabriel, climate expert Dr Saphira Rekker and PRME director Roxane Valier-Brasier lead the program .
Dr Gabriel said Carbon Literacy was a term used to describe knowledge and ability to act on climate change, and that the program would align efforts between individuals and organizations.
“We are empowered to partner with the Carbon Literacy Project to help community and organizations understand the impact of their day-to-day activities on the climate and to highlight the actions they need to take to reduce their carbon footprint and advocate for them. favor change, ”said Dr. Gabriel. .
After completing the short course, participants undergo an engagement and assessment to become certified Carbon Literate through the Carbon Literacy Project – a global non-profit organization specializing in climate action training that has certified more than 20,000 people around the world.
Carbon Literacy Project co-founder Phil Korbel said the partnership with UQ is an important step in raising awareness about climate change and will give attendees the tools to reduce emissions on a personal and corporate level.
“The partnership with UQ is revolutionary for the Australian education sector and helps create a carbon literacy training network to mainstream climate action across the institution and the general public,” said Mr. Korbel said.
“UQ’s vision for carbon literacy aligns with this UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released last week, which highlights the need for all sectors to engage in the fight to minimize the climate crisis.
“Carbon literacy is a professional skill set that applies to all specialties, and UQ will make this skill set a reality. “
UQ is also partnering with other Australian universities to roll out the Carbon Literacy program nationwide.
PRME Director Ms. Valier-Brasier said it was crucial to better understand the impacts of carbon in Australia and around the world.
“We are contributing to the development of a carbon literate Australia and will foster collaborative partnerships to help provide access to training across the country,” she said.
To help amplify the national carbon literacy capacity, participants can also apply to become a trainer once they are certified by the UQ Carbon Literacy Program.
The program will begin during UQ Sustainability Week on Monday August 16.
It will train over 100 people online on day one and 1,000 people by the end of the year.
Learn more about the program.
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