.climate action services
Real impact, action-oriented and student-driven
We all know we need to do more to tackle climate change but it can be hard to know where to start.
Pomegranate's range of services has been designed by drawing on our extensive experience in the higher education sector, climate leadership training with former US Vice-President Al Gore, and input from students themselves on what action they expect from their institutions.
We make it easy for you to take practical action that has real impact.
The Earth Action Lab*
A workshop focused on climate action that showcases positive innovations and guides participants towards practical solutions that empower them to make a difference. It combines the skills development and knowledge acquisition of a workshop with the space for creative problem-solving of a hackathon: creating a forum for students to experiment with solutions in a collaborative environment.
Half day and one day options available.
Ideal for: one-off events and inclusion in global leadership programs.
The Earth Action Innovation Challenge
A unique program combining an innovation challenge and a focus on climate action. It develops and hones students’ skills in creative problem-solving, business planning, teamwork and pitching and is an opportunity to work in-depth on the real challenge of helping make businesses, institutions and cities more environmentally sustainable. Each team is mentored throughout to keep them on track. It culminates in a final competition where students pitch their solutions.
The innovation challenge uses a human-centred design approach to help students think laterally and come up with ideas to tackle global warming and carbon emissions. Students build their skills in complex problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity: the top three skills needed for a successful career by 2020 according to the recent Future of Jobs survey of global business leaders by the World Economic Forum.
Climate Action Internships and Experiential Learning
Real world projects with a difference - students gain experience by developing a climate action plan for a start up, company or community organisation to cut their carbon footprint and operate more sustainably.
Ideal for: experiential learning, internships, industry and consultancy projects.
Climate Action Events and Training
Masterclasses, presentations and webinars tailored to your chosen audiences. We break down the big issues around climate change and carbon emissions into easily digestible, bite-sized chunks to support you to make your operations more sustainable and to use your reach to equip students and staff with basic climate action literacy.
Ideal for: student leadership programs, team building and staff development days, pre-departure and and orientation programs and even alumni events.
Contact us today to find out more about our services.
Tailored content, events and strategy development
We also provide content for insertion in existing programs, event facilitation and moderation, as well as strategy development around sustainability and climate action.
Contact us today to make your campus a leader on climate action and innovation!
Why is this so important?
An unfortunate by-product of global mobility is the extra carbon emissions from flights (by staff and students). At least 14 megatons of CO₂ emissions per year are associated with international student mobility*.
In 2014, the extra emissions just from air travel for new university students arriving in Australia, was estimated at 1,444,451 CO₂e tonnes**. Planting enough trees to offset that would cost over AU$20 million and fill a space the size of Sydney Harbour. Put another way, that's 24 trees per student just to stand still.
Students are starting to demand that institutions take action, and new rankings such as the Times Higher Education Impact Ranking will increasingly drive student choice towards environmentally responsible institutions.
At Pomegranate Global, we believe we have a responsibility to use our sector's reach and resources to do something about that. We also see the opportunity this creates to provide services which benefit students and institutions at the same time as helping the planet.
* Shields R, 2019.The Sustainability of International Higher Education: Student Mobility and Climate Change 2019. University of Bath, www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S095965261930318X
** Acknowledgements and gratitude to Rob McDonald, former Deputy Director, International Marketing and Recruitment at CQUniversity Australia for his ground-breaking research on this topic. Read more in IEAA Vista.
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