Are we really empowering a new generation if we fail to use our power and reach to tackle this fundamental challenge to our planet? Younger people, especially in the regions we draw international students from are disproportionately vulnerable to the effects of global warming and increasingly they demand action.
Fixing the complex global challenge that is climate change will take collective effort by people who are highly skilled across a range of disciplines and able to work across national borders – who does that sound like if not the people we educate? We have an obligation to do so much more; the good news is that we can do more as part of our core business; educating and helping students develop valuable skills like creative problem solving.
The window of time to avert catastrophic change is closing fast; we have perhaps 10 years to act. Ask yourself if we can wait.
The international sector is failing a new generation of students if we don't do more to raise awareness of the critical need to tackle climate change and develop students' ability to do so. This doesn't have to be at the expense of core business; it can become part of it.
Key interest area: Business development and strategy (BD&S)
Other KIAs: Multiple interest areas (MULTI)