Exploring the Power of STEAM in Carbon Reduction Strategies: Thought Leadership by #SustXGlobal50 Awardee Dr. Torill Bigg, Tunley Environmental
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In this thought leadership article, Dr Torill Bigg, CEng MIChemE, Chief Carbon Reduction Scientist of Tunley Environmental and a recipient of The SustainabilityX® Magazine Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards™ 2023 discusses the critical role of language and communication in addressing the climate crisis, emphasizing the limitations of scientific terminology in conveying the urgency and multifaceted nature of sustainability issues. It explores how terms like "Carbon," "Global Warming," and "Climate Change" fail to fully encapsulate the complexity or evoke the necessary emotional response to inspire action. The article highlights the extensive and detailed nature of carbon footprinting, which encompasses a wide array of sources and sinks, and explains the processes and strategies involved in carbon reduction plans, including the aim for net zero or even negative carbon emissions. It concludes with a call for a STEAM approach - integrating science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics - to effectively communicate and tackle the environmental challenges, advocating for a collaborative effort across disciplines to inspire and implement solutions.