Taking Climate Action with Swim Strong FoundationShawn Slevin
We are well past the time of “Climate Change”. We are now in the era of “Climate Action”. Universities are beginning to understand this too.
Walter Leal, head of the Climate Change Management Department of the University of Hamburg notes that in the field of higher education, programs have been created on climate as a concentration or at the post graduate level. Now changes are starting to be made in undergrad curriculum into law, science, medicine, economics, and literature. Why? Because climate will transform those fields and others, and students need to understand their field as part of a much wider environmental challenge and be prepared to face those changes in the labor market. In addition other fields should look at climate change from a different lens. Political Scientists – climate migration and poverty; Ethicists – rising inequality and Economists – at impact of extreme weather events on national economies. Scott McCaulay, head of Anthropocene Architecture School in Glasgow Scotland noted that without mandatory requirements, many university departments won’t feel comfortable adding climate to the curriculum. Bringing to mind the quote Peter Drucker made famous in 1954 about what gets measured (and mandated) gets done.
High schools and elementary schools must move in this direction as well. Not only must our students understand the intersection of climate on the common core; but also the inter-connectivity of the disciplines. But more critically than these factors…..our students must know how to keep themselves safe in an ever increasingly watery world..This is the mission of ”Know Before You Go ®”: