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BE OPEN congratulates two more winners in Design Climate Action competition: Public Vote and Founder's Choice Prizes

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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

LONDON, July 16, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Design Your Climate Action is the fifth international competition developed by philanthropic educational initiative BE OPEN and its partners as part of the SDG-dedicated programme.

Key Points: 
  • LONDON, July 16, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Design Your Climate Action is the fifth international competition developed by philanthropic educational initiative BE OPEN and its partners as part of the SDG-dedicated programme.
  • The project received hundreds of submissions in the categories of Powered by Renewables, Save More Energy, Reducing Energy Gap.
  • The three main prizes were decided upon by the international jury; the Public Vote prize gets allocated as a result of an open online vote, and the Founder's Choice prize is awarded by the Founder of BE OPEN Elena Baturina.
  • The Public Vote prize of €2,000 goes to Tshepiso Motau, BA Honours in Industrial Design from University of Johannesburg, South Africa, for the Swiftguard Early Flood Warning System project.

BE OPEN congratulates two more winners in Design Climate Action competition: Public Vote and Founder's Choice Prizes

Retrieved on: 
Tuesday, July 16, 2024

LONDON, July 16, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Design Your Climate Action is the fifth international competition developed by philanthropic educational initiative BE OPEN and its partners as part of the SDG-dedicated programme.

Key Points: 
  • LONDON, July 16, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Design Your Climate Action is the fifth international competition developed by philanthropic educational initiative BE OPEN and its partners as part of the SDG-dedicated programme.
  • The project received hundreds of submissions in the categories of Powered by Renewables, Save More Energy, Reducing Energy Gap.
  • The three main prizes were decided upon by the international jury; the Public Vote prize gets allocated as a result of an open online vote, and the Founder's Choice prize is awarded by the Founder of BE OPEN Elena Baturina.
  • The Public Vote prize of €2,000 goes to Tshepiso Motau, BA Honours in Industrial Design from University of Johannesburg, South Africa, for the Swiftguard Early Flood Warning System project.

Energy Storage Leader Lightshift Energy Backs Two Initiatives that Give Clean Energy Buyers New Avenues to Meet Clean Energy and Climate Targets

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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Both initiatives are designed to help organizations meet their clean energy and climate targets by focusing on the link between time- and location-based energy use, clean energy generation, and carbon emissions.

Key Points: 
  • Both initiatives are designed to help organizations meet their clean energy and climate targets by focusing on the link between time- and location-based energy use, clean energy generation, and carbon emissions.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20240716699407/en/
    PECA signatories Lightshift Energy and Clean Incentive debut new methodology to accurately certify companies’ emissions impacts from clean energy generation or storage discharge.
  • “We’re happy to play a role in bringing new accounting, certification, and market tools to the buyers of clean energy attributes.
  • ”By joining with PECA and the UN’s initiative, we’re able to support meaningful progress in accessible and affordable clean energy for all.”

Canada and B.C. Invest in Infrastructure Upgrades to Support Critical Minerals Development in Northwest B.C. and Create Jobs Across the Province

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Monday, July 15, 2024

's Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, announced a joint investment of $195 million to upgrade key highway infrastructure in B.C.

Key Points: 
  • 's Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, announced a joint investment of $195 million to upgrade key highway infrastructure in B.C.
  • 's northwest needed to support critical minerals development in the region, improve community access and safety, and create good mining jobs across the province.
  • The Critical Minerals Infrastructure Fund is a key program under the Canadian Critical Minerals Strategy to support enabling clean energy and transportation infrastructure projects necessary to increase Canada's supply of responsibly sourced critical minerals.
  • is rich with raw minerals, having 16 of the 31 identified critical minerals in the Canadian Critical Minerals Strategy.

Saskatchewan’s new oil and gas high school courses are out of step with global climate action

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Monday, July 15, 2024

The Saskatchewan Distance Learning Centre, which provides Kindergarten to Grade 12 online education to Saskatchewan students, partnered with Teine Energy, an Alberta-based company to develop the courses.

Key Points: 
  • The Saskatchewan Distance Learning Centre, which provides Kindergarten to Grade 12 online education to Saskatchewan students, partnered with Teine Energy, an Alberta-based company to develop the courses.
  • This training will directly benefit oil and gas companies and prepare students for careers in industries that other jurisdictions — like Québec — are phasing out.

Phasing out fossil fuels essential

  • The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which gathers climate scientists to synthesize research from around the world, has made it clear that “immediate and rapid action to phase out fossil fuels is essential for curbing climate change.” This is called for, given that fossil fuels account for over 75 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions globally.
  • Most Canadian provinces and 46.5 per cent of Canadian municipalities have legislated or adopted policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2050.
  • The province’s 2017 climate change strategy vaguely commits to “reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enhance biodiversity and *educate the public about the effects of climate change” (italics added).

Relevant climate education needed

  • A new report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Education and climate change: learning to act for people and planet, highlights how climate change and education are interlinked.
  • At the same time, education is also crucial for advancing climate mitigation and adaptation.
  • * Read more: We could power a new green movement by talking about energy change * ** Internationally, nations are committing to increasing climate change education, including at the recent UN Transforming Education Summit where it was “confirmed that education must be transformed to respond to the global climate and environmental crisis.” The summit saw the formation of a new Greening Education Partnership, which set a goal to double the number of countries with climate education in their curricula.

Saskatchewan climate education lacking

  • While Saskatchewan has comprehensive science climate change curricula, this content isn’t designed to foster critical thinking or climate action.
  • Furthermore, researchers have found that the majority of students and schools are opting out of courses that have an explicit climate science focus and there is constant pressure on teachers to “balance” out climate science with industry perspectives.

Questionable job planning

  • Meanwhile EcoCanada predicts a shortage of over 480,000 jobs in the environmental sector over the next decade.
  • A recent study of 1,000 youth (aged 16-25) in Canada found that 56 per cent felt “afraid, sad, anxious and powerless” about climate change.

School systems need to do more

Future Tech Appoints Matthew ‘Mac’ McLauchlin as Chief Operating Officer

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Monday, July 15, 2024

Future Tech Enterprise, Inc., a leading technology solutions provider, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Matthew ‘Mac’ McLauchlin as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Key Points: 
  • Future Tech Enterprise, Inc., a leading technology solutions provider, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Matthew ‘Mac’ McLauchlin as Chief Operating Officer (COO).
  • His appointment comes at a pivotal time as Future Tech Enterprise, Inc. continues to expand its global market presence and diversify its service offerings.
  • Before joining Future Tech Enterprise, Inc., McLauchlin was Managing Director Global Operations of SIROAL International LLC offering operational business solutions to international corporations and government entities for growth.
  • "I am excited to join Future Tech Enterprise, Inc. and contribute to its mission of delivering cutting-edge technology solutions to our clients," said McLauchlin.

HHRD Commemorates Youth Skills Day with 7th Annual Youth Trip

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Monday, July 15, 2024

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., July 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD) recognizes World Youth Skills Day as observed by the United Nations (UN).

Key Points: 
  • SOUTHFIELD, Mich., July 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD) recognizes World Youth Skills Day as observed by the United Nations (UN).
  • The theme for this year is 'Youth Skills for Peace and Development.'
  • HHRD encourages youth involvement in global relief and development through its Youth Empowerment Program.
  • On World Youth Skills Day, HHRD encourages youth all over the world to join hands in active relief and development for the betterment of the global community.

WORLD YOUTH SKILLS DAY: Salesian Missions highlights educational initiatives

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Monday, July 15, 2024

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., July 15, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian organizations and the international community in celebrating World Youth Skills Day, celebrated on July 15 each year since 2014. The United Nations designated the day as a way to bring greater awareness of the importance of technical and vocational education and training, as well as the development of other skills relevant to both local and global economies.

Key Points: 
  • Salesian Missions joins humanitarian organizations and the international community in celebrating World Youth Skills Day, celebrated on July 15 each year since 2014.
  • NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., July 15, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Salesian Missions , the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian organizations and the international community in celebrating World Youth Skills Day, celebrated on July 15 each year since 2014.
  • To mark World Youth Skills Day 2024, Salesian Missions is proud to highlight technical and vocational programs that provide life-changing education and skills training for poor and at-risk youth.
  • Students attending Saint John Bosco Salesian School in Granada, Nicaragua, received scholarships thanks to donor funding from Salesian Missions.

Education for the Future: Enhancing Youth Skills Fosters Peace and Development Worldwide

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Monday, July 15, 2024

NEW YORK, July 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's youth live in a world mired by violence, political discord, economic instability, forced displacement and a climate crisis that threatens the very future of the human race. Without access to education and skills training, they are faced with limited opportunities, limited empowerment and limited hope for a better future.

Key Points: 
  • Without access to education and skills training, they are faced with limited opportunities, limited empowerment and limited hope for a better future.
  • Therefore, as we mark World Youth Skills Day , we must continue to work together to build the youth skills necessary to foster peace and development worldwide, and education is the key.
  • These are essential in equipping today's youth with the skills they need to thrive in this changing economy.
  • It is nothing less than the rise of a new world order built on the solid foundation of quality education, the skills and power of our youth, and the human spirit.

Education for the Future: Enhancing Youth Skills Fosters Peace and Development Worldwide

Retrieved on: 
Monday, July 15, 2024

NEW YORK, July 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's youth live in a world mired by violence, political discord, economic instability, forced displacement and a climate crisis that threatens the very future of the human race. Without access to education and skills training, they are faced with limited opportunities, limited empowerment and limited hope for a better future.

Key Points: 
  • Without access to education and skills training, they are faced with limited opportunities, limited empowerment and limited hope for a better future.
  • Therefore, as we mark World Youth Skills Day , we must continue to work together to build the youth skills necessary to foster peace and development worldwide, and education is the key.
  • These are essential in equipping today's youth with the skills they need to thrive in this changing economy.
  • It is nothing less than the rise of a new world order built on the solid foundation of quality education, the skills and power of our youth, and the human spirit.