This November we will deliver an open letter to Universities UK, and every Vice-chancellor in the UK, to ask them to support academics who wish to take paid sabbaticals or fellowships with companies. Scientists could work with NGOs working directly in the field from solar installation to ecological restoration to adaptation for towns and cities.
We also wish to lobby universities to give credit to students who conduct a meaningful internship over a term; from tree planting for first years, to installing solar for PhD engineering students.
The world that young people of today will inherit is changing more rapidly than ever. Education must adapt to anticipate the skills and knowledge that people will need for an uncertain and challenging future.
Building on our expertise in higher education, Transition Lab seeks to work with higher education bodies, such as the Quality Assurance Agency, Office for Students and professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs) to facilitate the evolution of curriculum and qualifications that will be fit for the future.
Regardless of their chosen field of study, young and old alike need to learn the skills of planetary stewardship, and the risks associated with activities that are neither sustainable nor climate-safe.
Shortly we will be launching a new site called AcademicsTakeAction.com which will be our own petition site where we will translate our call for action letter for all of the world's academics to sign. Also they can sign up to join the Lab's action projects coming in Q2 2020.
If you are interested in helping, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org