Currently, from a climate change perspective, things are looking very bleak indeed. Concentrations of CO2 levels in the atmosphere are rapidly rising, weather extremes are getting more and more erratic – take back to back storms Doris and Ewan for example and we are utilising natural resources at a rate of 1 ½ planets a year – completely unsustainable!
Throughout history, humans have been very adept at finding solutions to problems, and now more than ever the challenges posed by climate change require a multi-pronged and multi-faceted approach in order to significantly change human behavior and recalibrate societies values. Clearly however, the existing tried and tested communication messages aren’t working, so what could be a catalyst for change?
The answer could be as simple as children! If you educate, inspire and empower children to be aware of the need to protect the only planet we live on - then this generation has the capability to become real ‘agents of change’. Not only from the perspective of influencing their values and priorities but also in influencing their parents and wider generations too!
The impact of positively engaging with children can be seen on a smaller scale with Solar for Schools. Solar for Schools Community Benefits Society was set up with a clear mission in mind - to enable schools in England and Wales to access and benefit from clean, renewable solar energy, reducing energy costs and most critically empowering hundreds of students to learn more about their environment and understand how they can act more sustainably to safeguard the planet for years to come. Currently, Solar for Schools works with 55+ schools, and with over 23,000 located across the UK, the potential to create scalable clean energy which large proportion of those schools can access is significant.
To find out how investors are making it possible for solar power to be installed in more schools click here.