The world is facing unprecedented environmental challenges in areas such as climate change, clean water supply, ocean health and biodiversity.
Without new policy measures, by 2050, a world economy four times larger than today will require 80% more energy, with reliance on fossil fuels remaining at around 85 per cent of the global energy source. Climate change is predicted to surpass agriculture to become the fastest-growing source of biodiversity eradication by 2050, and an ever-growing population is a large reason for environmental problems as well, driving up air pollution, water scarcity and demand on food supply.
The need to protect and preserve our environment has never been greater, with issues such as air pollution rising as a cause of premature mortality. Corporate and governmental action is vitally needed to innovate and implement new solutions around sustainable development that contribute to the conservation of natural resources.
Governments planning to increase the number of ‘green jobs’ will create demand for graduates and professionals with the skills and passion needed to make a positive impact, whether directly within the environmental sector or in related areas such as agriculture.