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The Four R’s of Green Skills

The Four R’s of Green Skills

Green skills are abilities and values needed to live in a sustainable society. These skills help people adopt sustainable practices and make good use of resources.

The four R’s of green skills are reduce, reuse, recycle, and recover. Traditionally these are thought of in relation to consumer products, but they can also be applied to other areas. These are the skills necessary to create a low-carbon economy.

In addition to the skills of an individual, there is also a need for social awareness, effectiveness, and social knowledge. This can lead to transformative outcomes. The “New Green Learning Agenda” addresses these critical areas. It joins a growing chorus calling for greater alignment between climate action and climate justice.

The new agenda bridges the gap between education and climate policy, and aims to prepare societies for social transformations that are inevitable as we respond to climate change. It also serves as a practical tool to address capacity building needs in climate and sustainability.

The skills for green transformation approach, which is based on competencies and mindsets, is a key educational response to climate change. Unlike the instrumentalist approach, this approach aims to re-calibrate behaviours rather than to create new ones. It assumes that learning will result in observable, measurable, and trackable behaviours that can be incorporated into action.

The skills for green transformation framework helps policy stakeholders visualize a continuum of green skills. This includes technical and soft skills as well as industry-specific skills. The framework also helps policy stakeholders see the intersection between these skills and different contexts.

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