From 'surviving' to 'thriving'
First and foremost, we need to know our priorities. The climate crisis is an ongoing global issue creeping up the political agenda and citizens’ moral conscience. Global warming is a two-fold issue, posing an existential threat to biodiversity as well as grave consequences for society and communities, particularly those living in developing nations. For this reason, tackling the environmental emergency is a top climate and social concern; this is where green skills, otherwise known as impact skills, can play a role. These are defined as skills that enable the environmental and social sustainability of economic activities and empower green jobs, overall contributing to achieving climate ambitions. Therefore, the solution to the problem lies in encouraging workers and employees to develop and strengthen their capacities for green skills to ultimately enable this change.
A growing demand and growing increase for green skills
The reason can be lack of motivation of employees to develop such skills, however given recent statistics on employee motivations we believe that the problem resides elsewhere. Namely in the lack of renowned, inclusive and accessible teaching opportunities on critical impact skills. Teaching opportunities on impact skills need to be accessible to people all over the world because addressing climate change and growing inequalities won’t happen by only investing in the economically developed West. People who are the closest to the challenges need to be empowered to create positive change. Furthermore, teaching opportunities should provide credentials that are recognised by employers as a proof of skill or ability. This will ensure that investing in development impact skills leads to better access to employment and personal growth prospects.
At Efiko Academy, our mission is to provide accessible training to empower key sustainability and social impact-related matters delivered by renowned experts. We also champion community and connection; by joining our learning cohort you will access our social network platform and meet like-minded impact-makers in the industry.
Our latest blog series will explore the critical skills to develop for a career in impact investing, impact measurement and impact management, so that you can ensure you have a positive environmental and social impact. Stay tuned for the next article!