In the race to zero carbon we sometimes forget that species extinction is at least as big a threat to humanity as climate change. This article from the UK’s Guardian Newspaper argues that restoring degraded natural lands is highly effective for carbon storage and avoiding species extinction, so providing a double benefit. Keep this in mind when you are choosing your organisation’s carbon compensation project.
We are now accepting registrations for our TEDx Countdown event on 14th October. We will be presenting talks from famous and leading thinkers on climate change, discussing aspects of these and proposing ways for UK English Language Teaching to help play its part in tackling the climate and ecological crisis. View the programme here.
Edition 2 of Bloomberg Green magazine is out now and makes for some very interesting reading. When organisations like Amazon, Apple and Walmart move towards carbon neutrality – and have the evidence to support this – we can be sure things are changing. Nevertheless, it’s still ‘A race against heat, and humanity is losing’ – so don’t get too comfortable.
Good luck to everyone at InnovateELT 2020 for their conference today and tomorrow. It has an environmental theme and contains much that will be of interest to those seeking to promote environmental responsibility in English Language Teaching.
A communication from Extinction Rebellion today: “If the old ‘First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win’ is true, we appear to be transitioning from the ridicule stage into the fight.” If that gives you hope, read this extremely interesting article from Open Democracy.
Effective action from the Extinction Rebellion movement preventing publication of several UK newspapers today. They say “This country’s news establishment is controlled by ‘climate sceptics’ who consistently downplay the existential threat that is the ecological emergency. By misleading tens of millions of people about the growing dangers that we face – while exerting unaccountable control over our government – these establishments are undermining our democracy. They want us divided. Let’s stand together.” Watch the explanatory video here.
Join us on 14 October 2020 for our first TEDx virtual Countdown event! We’ll be learning more about key areas of climate action and proposing and discussing ways for English Language Teaching to help tackle the climate crisis. Further information here.