Climate change affects us all, from changes in weather patterns to the disruption of food chains and availability of natural resources. The problem we have identified is that companies are focusing on gaining strategic advantages over their competitors instead of collaborating under one body working towards a common goal. This is time we cannot afford to waste. The problem goes even deeper. Some of the world’s biggest economies have decided to turn a blind eye. China continues to make coal its main energy source despite promising developments in sustainable technologies like wind and solar; 2020 saw the country propose 40.8GW of new coal-driven plants. Actions from such influential bodies carry a lot of weight and can manipulate decisions and opinions based around tackling climate change.
It is important that the industry articulates the issues surrounding climate change to those outside of the sphere. This could involve engaging with policy makers, financiers, farmers, development agencies, and most importantly with the public. In response to this, we propose an app that provides a platform for bodies to openly share information, sustainable solutions, experiences and engage with individuals worldwide.
Public engagement is important because climate change impacts everyone. The app will give users a platform to learn more about sustainable developments as well as get involved in tackling the issue themselves. The app will contain features that will allow individuals to set and track goals centred around reducing their own carbon footprint as well as engage with others via live events and challenges all with the focus of raising awareness and promoting action.
The traditional role of engineers globally is to design and build technologies that shape our communities. Therefore, it is essential that professional engineering bodies embed awareness of the challenges of climate change among their global membership. The app will provide a platform for bodies to update individuals on latest best practices, changes in legislative frameworks, and provide tools for sustainable strategies.