Incubating projects at TransitionLab.Earth

1. Lobbying UK universities to support academics and students to become volunteers for climate mitigation, adaptation and ecological restoration. Read our open letter.

This September we plan to deliver a 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 or NGOs working on solving the climate and ecological crisis.

Research is important but the time for putting all available expertise to work is possibly more important. We also wish to lobby universities to give credit to students who conduct a meaningful internship over a term. Anything from tree planting for first years, to installing solar for PhD engineering students.

2. The solar and wind energy version of the Rasberry Pi

The world needs to build solar and wind energy systems at a rapid pace. The only way this will happen is with millions of trained people with the appropriate engineering skills.

We propose the creation of ultra low cost solar and wind turbine kit that can be linked to a Rasberry Pi or other devices to teach basic solar and wind power construction in schools and universities. These systems will be small but will be exact replicas of existing renewable energy systems.

3. Creating a prototype for a Global Citizen Service to work on climate mitigation, adaptation and ecological restoration.

This is an attempt to scale the leadership work done by academics and students to anyone with time to help avert the oncoming crisis. We already have a page where people from the UK can find options for volunteering right now. In the future, we hope to streamline this into a public/private initiative similar to countries that require mandatory national military service.

We will lobby those countries to create an climate/eco-restoration option where national service is mandatory and introduce a voluntary national service in every country.

4. Working with naturalists, engineers and other scientists to create action school projects as part of a revised curriculum

We shouldn’t waste any time preparing our children for the future. We want to get them involved in important but simple ecological restoration projects such as planting bee friendly plants, helping put solar on their school roofs, learning how to adapt to changing weather conditions and  more.

To that end, we will gather together scientists and educators to construct impactful action lessons and lobby for these lessons to become part of the national curriculum of all countries.

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We cannot be radical enough in dealing with this issue
David Attenborough, July 2019 newsletter

Founding Steering Committee

Prof Mark Maslin
, UCL, Professor of Climatology
Prof Jon Crowcroft, University of Cambridge/Turing Institute, Cambridge Computer Lab
Prof William J. Ripple, Distinguished Professor of Ecology at Oregon State University
Prof Joy Carter, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester
Prof David Humphreys, Professor of Environmental Policy, Open University
Prof Paul Chatterton, Professor of Urban Futures in the School of Geography, University of Leeds
Dr James McKay,
University of Leeds

Dr Alison Green, Co-founder of Transition Lab.
Mr Richard Dent, Climate and environmental campaign consultant, media producer, Co-founder of Transition Lab.

Contact information

Mr Richard Dent: Co-director, communications strategy

Dr Alison Green: Co-director, Academic outreach, curriculum development