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International Education Climate Action Summit 2020
May 21, 2020
A free, virtual event to catalyse climate action by the international education sector.
What is the purpose of IECAS 2020?
The number of globally mobile students is growing each year (more than 5 million students in higher education alone). The CO₂-e emissions associated with this mobility are estimated at 14-39 megatons per year and students around the world are increasingly keen to make more sustainable study choices. The purpose of this summit is to explore what these developments mean for international education and to build the capacity of practitioners in the sector to respond to the climate challenge.
Participants will explore the implications for policy, business models and operations, and showcase initiatives by institutions and educators around the world, and opportunities to reduce emissions from international operations, to incorporate climate action into strategy and to build climate literacy among students and staff.
More than this, by the end of the summit organizers aim to have designed – with participant input – a roadmap for action. A plan for how to harness the sector’s reach and purchasing power to make the business of international education more sustainable and to respond more effectively to the defining challenge of our time.