Higher Education and Climate Change Action
Climate change headlines are constantly on the news. The effects of loss of habitats, rising global temperatures, and poor air quality ignite passion from conservationists from different parts of the world. But, as politicians sit to find ways to circumvent climate change, higher education could play an invaluable role in taking climate action.In the past, climate change conversations were limited to environmental programs and forums. But now, it is evident that everyone should be brought on board as the world rises against climate change. Institutions of higher learning such as colleges and universities are could positively influence actions in many ways.
It is a known fact that intuitions of higher learning are usually the first adopters for most practices with a broad social impact. For example, campuses have been instrumental in creating some of the most effective climate action in most countries. Environmentalists have to come to terms with the fact that climate action can bear results if more institutions commit to this cause.
Beyond the institutions ‘contribution, success is anchored mainly on the stakeholders. Students have become climate change activists. In some cases, students can forge meaningful relationships with other stakeholders.