Responding to Climate Change: Opportunies for International Educators to Act
Climate change is already impacting our lives and will hit parts of the Asia Pacific disproportionately hard. As a sector, our task is to prepare the next generation to tackle the biggest challenges of our time but can we legitimately lay claim to this aspiration if we dont model that behaviour in our own sector? The good news is that there are practical actions you can take to reduce the carbon footprint of your international operations and your institution or organisation. The climate challenge also presents an incredible vehicle for delivering experiential learning and innovation challenges and to involve students in ways which develop their employability skills and facilitate social networks. This interactive session will increase your understanding of what action is needed, and what you can do to reduce your and your institutions carbon footprint, and ensure students are better equipped to deal with the challenges ahead.
You know about climate change and its impact, but do you realise the scale of the international education sectors carbon footprint and how international office operations contribute to it? This session will give you an overview of the scale of the climate challenge and offer insights into how other institutions and organisations are tackling this issue around the world. You will learn practical ways to take action to cut carbon emissions in your international office and across your institution, and ideas for how students can become part of the solution. Drawing on principles of human-centred design you will develop your own plan to cut your organisations carbon footprint and to shape the sectors response to this inherently complex, most urgent problem of our time.
Ms Ailsa Lamont
Ailsa has 20 years of international education experience including as PVC International and Social Innovation. She believes the sector can and should do more to tackle climate change and involve students in the process. Ailsa trained with former US Vice President Al Gore in 2017 as a Climate Reality
Ms Marianne Mensah
International Executive Director
Université Cote d’Azur
Marianne Mensah is international executive director at Université Cote d’Azur (UCA) in France. She focuses on developing international partnerships which foster excellence, innovation and transdisciplinarity to adress societal challenges. She also facilitates workshops on the Sustainable Development Goals, climate change and international development for Master students. Prior to joining UCA, Marianne worked for international development agencies such as the French Development Agency (AFD) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP). At AFD, she served the group as a Regional Coordinator where she worked on environment, energy, and education projects in Africa. She also worked for AFD Corporate University (Development campus), where she developed learning projects on energy efficiency and climate change. She contributed to publications on innovations for sustainable development and on Innovative Finance. She holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Master in Economics from Sciences-Po Paris.