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Environment and humanity #environmentIB

In the next 50 years we will need your solutions to these global challenges. Be inspired by what others in the IB community are doing and create your own environment and humanity project.

Inspiration

How can we alleviate the effects of climate change for future generations? What are the most important energy sources of the future? How can urban planning help protect the environment? What if you could only live off recycled materials?

We have reached out to several IB graduates who are actively thinking about how these issues affect their lives and work today. As you define your challenge, you can consider their guidance and get inspiration from their stories below.

How to begin

Define the challenge you want to find a solution for, build a team, and present your world-changing ideas using #generationIB and #environmentIB on Twitter, Instagram and/or Periscope.

 

 

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to #environmentIB:

  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Affordable and clean energy
  • Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Climate action
  • Life below water
  • Life on land
  • Partnerships for the goals.

Since the industrial revolution, the world has experienced a drastic population increase. This has led to innovation in urbanization, transportation and technology to sustain the 7.6 billion people that currently inhabit our planet. However, all this growth has come at the expense of the environment. How can we ensure that in 50 years the ecosystem will still be able to provide, regulate and support the Earth? We need to find a safe operating space for humanity without exceeding the planetary boundaries for future generations.

Take a look at how your country is doing on these SDGs: 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 17. 

How can we address climate change in our local communities?

"Many say that climate change is the biggest challenge in our lifetime. If you were an international decision-maker trying to address climate change through local-level engagement, what kind of projects would you promote and how would you promote them?" – Mason Ji, Interlake High School, USA