1.5 DEGREES

a mock cop project

alternative league table

coming soon

problem

University is where most high-level decision makers are educated, but much of what is taught in key subjects does not support or align with the actions needed to tackle the climate emergency and ecological crisis. As David Orr, the US academic activist, says, “… the destruction of the planet is not the work of ignorant people. Rather it is largely the results of work by people with BAs, BScs, LLBs, MBAs, and PhDs…Education can equip people to be more effective vandals of the earth.”

We know that some key subjects are influenced by large corporates that are working against the advice of the world’s leading climate scientists to stay with the 1.5 degree Celsius warming limit.

solution

We will analyse the course guides for the top 30 universities around the world, as well as the top university from regions not represented in the top 30, that teach economics, law, politics, engineering, and health. We will rank them in order of how progressive they are in how they are preparing their students to tackle the climate emergency and ecological crisis through their future career. This will create an alternative league table that will help both influence where students choose to study and incentivise curriculum reform by the world’s leading universities, which should consequentially influence other universities across the world.

Everyone has the opportunity to contribute positively to climate solutions, and therefore every career must reflect this. Green jobs are a powerful tool in reaching net zero emissions, whilst benefiting people and the economy.

Read our concept note

The project has developed since and we will be introducing the findings and a new website in November during COP27.