We all know that the climate crisis is one of the greatest potential disasters humanity has ever faced. There are many every day things that we can all do to reduce our carbon footprint such as recycling, growing our own food and more. But what career can you follow to help make the world more sustainable for decades to come?
Conservation Officers are responsible for looking after a particular habitat and the animals and/or plants that live there. This could be anywhere from a small area of woodland within a city to a remote mountain range or stretch of coastline. Duties include planning how to care for the habitat and then putting this into practice. You’re also likely to carry out surveys to monitor how different species are doing, analyse the data and produce reports on these.
Environmental Scientists concern themselves with studying the impact of human activity on the environment, and identifying ways to manage, minimise or eliminate any negative impacts, such as air pollution. Environmental scientists gather samples and observational data in the field and conduct tests in the lab. With increased pressure on industry and governments to reduce the harmful effects their activities have on the world, there is more demand than ever for environmental scientists.
For many Engineers, considering the impact of their project on the environment is part of the job. Whether you’re running a power station, designing a new aeroplane or manufacturing toiletries, there will be environmental legislation to comply with. One particular area where you can help the environment is renewable energy engineering, which involves generating power from sources such as the sun, wind and waves.
Environmental fundraisers usually work within a charity or pressure group. Policy or lobbying jobs such as this aim to change government policy or public opinion on a particular topic; research jobs feed into this too, while also aiming to understand an area more fully. Charity officers can manage projects, apply for grants, manage budgets and help with admin, among other duties.
For more information on how to help save our planet, take a look at this e-book on Generation Carbon, which includes how to teach other people about the Climate Crisis.