Earlier this year, UNESCO released a report that outlined steps for how higher education institutions are expected to help deliver on the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report, put together by the UNESCO Global Independent Expert Group on the Universities and the 2030 Agenda, makes clear that higher education has a huge responsibility and role to play in actualizing sustainability measures. It asks the BIG question of how can universities lead on radical global transformation?
Titled Knowledge-driven actions: Transforming higher education for global sustainability, this report is precisely the accountability keeper and call to action that higher education has needed. If we believe education is at the forefront of radical global change, it follows that our higher education institutions around the globe should be at the forefront of modeling and innovating environmental change. We are excited to start seeing how universities step up to the plate.
Julie Kucks is a freelance content writer for New Jersey Institute of Nature and Cedar Hill Prep. Her work has also been featured in Fine Living Lancaster. Julie's writing interests include sustainable living practices, permaculture, mental health, and the power of breathwork. She also enjoys piano tuning, singing and songwriting, playing mountain dulcimer, hiking, and carousing with her kittens, Nike & Lionne.