- A virtual event to catalyse climate action by the international education sector.
The event will be held entirely online and is free to attend.
Organised by CANIE: Climate Action Network for International Educators, a grassroots initiative launched in October 2019.
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.
We will explore the implications for policy, business models and operations, and showcase initiatives by institutions and educators around the world. We will look at opportunities to reduce emissions from your international operations, to incorporate climate action into your strategy and to build climate literacy among students and staff.
More than this, by the end of the summit we aim to have designed – with your input - a roadmap for action. A plan for how we can harness our 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.
Call For ProposalsAre you interested in contributing to the summit? Do you have a case study to share or other ideas you would like to put forward for the sector to consider? We are calling for presenters and contributors to be part of the International Education Climate Action Summit 2020.
The call is open until midnight, 17 April AEST (14:00 UTC, 8 April).
We invite submissions from people around the world who are involved in international education. Your case study or contribution may be used during the summit or may be added as a resource on the CANIE website.
CATALYSING CLIMATE ACTION IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
- How international education and climate change intersect
- Reducing emissions from international operations
- Educating international students on climate action
- Ethical investment and supply chain
- Strategy and leadership to drive climate action
Within those larger themes we are interested in several relevant sub-themes, including:
- Measuring/reducing emissions related to international student travel or staff travel (e.g. systems for tracking emissions, emissions reduction targets, offsetting, travel policy)
- Measuring/reducing emissions related to international marketing/recruitment activities (including virtual events and digital marketing materials)
- Policy drivers geared towards low carbon recruitment or mobility, e.g. levies on flights or incentives to reduce travel
- Low-carbon international education delivery modes
- Teaching climate action to international students
- Climate action literacy as a graduate attribute
- Climate action in study abroad and experiential learning for students and alumni
- Student-led sustainability initiatives
- Environmentally sound investment and supply chains
- Low carbon recruitment events and conferences in international education
- Sustainability or climate innovation funds
- Leading climate action and driving change in your institution or organisation
- International education in climate-neutral institutions
- Being an effective ally to your sustainability office
- Internationalisation at home/at home in the world
- Building the evidence base (research and data on the carbon footprint of global education, international student attitudes and behaviour, digital vs paper-based marketing collateral)
- Using the SDG framework or international networks to accelerate climate action.
We welcome both innovative and traditional ways of presenting your ideas! You can send us a video (3-7 minutes of length), poster, a digital artwork, infographic or a written description (500-2000 words). All submissions must be in English.
If you would like your submission to be considered for inclusion in the summit, the deadline is midnight on 5 April 2020. We also welcome submissions after that date which may be added to the CANIE resources page or featured during future CANIE events.
Please also provide a profile picture and a short bio (max 100 words).
If you have questions or ideas you would like to discuss before submitting, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips for making good videos: The Environmental Humanities Initiative (EHI) at UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) has produced two brief videos with tips on how best to film and upload talks.
ProgramThis will be a virtual event featuring a combination of webinar-style presentations, panels, pre-recorded video content and discussions with voting options for participants.
The summit will include 4 specialist streams in addition to a general stream:
- General stream: how international education and climate change intersect
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in international operations and learning abroad
- Educating international students in climate action literacy
- Ethical investment and supply chain
- Influencing stakeholders to drive change
The sessions will be live-streamed and the recordings will be made available for viewing after the event.
Summit Schedule: 24 hours of climate reality for international education
The summit will run for 24 hours and will be anchored by two separate interactive 3-hour sessions at the beginning and end, with a moderated discussion forum running for the whole 24-hour period. It has been scheduled this way to make it easier for as many people as possible to join from different time-zones.
Session One has been timed to fit into standard business hours in most parts of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific and Asia. It will run for 3 hours on Thursday, 21 May:
10.00 am to 1.00 pm Singapore/Perth
12.00 noon to 3 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (Melbourne/Sydney)
2.00 pm to 5.00 pm New Zealand Standard Time/Fiji Time
Session Two has been timed to fit into standard business hours across the Americas. It will run for 3 hours on Thursday 21 May:
10.00 am to 1.00 pm Pacific Daylight Time (San Diego/Vancouver)
12.00 noon to 3.00 pm Central Daylight Time (Mexico City/Bogota)
1.00 pm to 4.00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (New York/Toronto)
The online discussion forum will be open from noon on Thursday 21 May to noon on Friday 22 May AEST ( 02:00, 21 May - 02:00 22 May UTC). To check the time of the sessions in your time zone, click here.
Participants are welcome to join whichever session is most convenient. The content will follow similar themes in each of the two sessions but with more localised content and speakers for each of the two regions.
We aim to run a third session timed to better suit practitioners in Europe/Africa in September 2020.
SpeakersConfirmed speakers to dateAilsa Lamont, Director Pomegranate Global, Australia
International education comes with an unavoidable carbon cost. We need to acknowledge that cost and articulate more clearly why global experience is so valuable that it's worth paying AND what we are going to do to reduce and offset it.
I want to put my years of experience in university international roles to use by helping the sector take collective action. We know that a global education gives you super powers in problem-solving, communication and collaboration skills so who better than international educators to take action with real impact!Dr Pii-Tuulia Nikula, Senior Lecturer, EIT, New Zealand
Kia ora! I am an international education management & policy scholar from New Zealand. Besides academic publishing and teaching, I engage actively with practitioners in order to enhance the research-practice dialogue. Lately, I have focussed on the climate crisis and its solutions.
By collaboration, we can initiate more climate action across the international education sector. By 2025, I am hoping to see reduced emissions, climate savvy learners and a commitment from the sector and institutional leaders to tackle climate crisis.Eddie West, Assistant Dean, International Strategy and Programs, San Diego State University, USA, World Campus
I've worked the better part of 20 years to promote international student mobility. But in recent years I've found myself reckoning with serious cognitive dissonance, knowing full well that student, faculty and staff air travel whose CO2 emissions aren't offset are exacerbating the climate crisis humankind faces. I'm thankful to be a part of CANIE's work to raise awareness about the need for bold action.
RegistrationsRegistrations to participate in the virtual International Education Climate Action Summit 2020 are open now. Please note: you will need to create an account with Zoom to be able to register. Zoom is the technology platform that will be used, and we are managing registrations using it.
Session One has been timed to fit into standard business hours in most parts of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific and Asia. It will run for 3 hours on Thursday, 21 May:Local TimeLocation/Time Zone10:00 am - 1:00 pmSingapore/Perth12:00 noon - 3:00 pmMelbourne/Sydney (Australian Eastern Standard Time)2:00 pm - 5:00 pmNew Zealand Standard Time/FijiClick here to register for Session One.
Session Two has been timed to fit into standard business hours across the Americas. It will run for 3 hours on Thursday 21 May:Local TimeLocation/Time Zone10.00 am to 1.00 pmPacific Daylight Time (San Diego/Vancouver)12.00 noon to 3.00 pmCentral Daylight Time (Mexico City/Bogota)1.00 pm to 4.00 pmEastern Daylight Time (New York/Toronto)