Getting the Government to Support Climate Change Mitigation

If we are to be successful in mitigate climate change, we need to have government support. Some of the measures that need to be taken, in the name of climate change mitigation, can’t be taken without government support. Therefore government support is very critical. Yet getting government support in these sorts of things isn’t so easy. See, some of the things that need to be done, in the name of climate change mitigation, would inevitably hurt certain interests. That is why we tend to encounter resistance in these matters.

All said and done, to get government support in climate change mitigation, there is one main thing that we need to: namely lobbying. So we need to identify the relevant government officials, and lobby them intensively, to get them to support the climate change mitigation agenda.

Identifying the relevant government officials

The relevant government officials in question here are those who wield real power. If we are to succeed in the climate change mitigation agenda, we will need support from the topmost echelons of the government. This therefore means identifying the people who wield the most power in both the political and bureaucratic arms of the government. It really takes the topmost people, to drive change, and overcome the resistance to change that tends to be inherent. Even when the Nordstrom employees portal, which is reviewed on the employeeloginz website was being set up, the topmost management probably had to be convinced about the soundness of the idea. Only then was the Nordstrom employees portal, at www.mynordstrom.com set up. Similarly, if we are to drive the climate change mitigation agenda forward, we have to sell it successfully to the topmost levels of the political and bureaucratic arms of the government.

Lobbying the government officials

To successfully lobby the government officials, we need to have sound arguments, backed by verifiable facts and figures. It helps a great deal if we can get professional lobbyists to assist in this cause. You have to remember that the folks who are against climate change mitigation measures will also be lobbying furiously, on the other side.

How to Incorporate Lessons About Climate Change into the School Curriculum

One way to increase climate change awareness is by incorporating lessons about climate change into the school curriculum. This way, kids will be taught about climate change from an early age. They will therefore grow up with climate change awareness as part of their innate knowledge. And as such, they will be more inclined to make the changes that are necessary to mitigate climate change effects, without being coerced. In the process of incorporating lessons about climate change into the school curriculum, we will need to:

  1. Make the relevant pedagogical decisions: these include the decision as to what subjects the climate change lessons are to be incorporated into. Also critical is the decision as to what grade the kids are to be introduced to climate change in, and how they are to progress from there. The objective is to have age-appropriate lessons. So decisions have to be made, as to what the appropriate climate change lessons for, say, third graders would be. And what the appropriate climate change lessons for tenth graders would be… and so on.
  2. Simplify climate change concepts: the lessons should be given in a way that the kids can relate to, given their ages and ability to comprehend things.
  3. Educate the teachers on climate: the objective here is to empower the teachers, so as to ensure that they are well placed to be truly effective at the role of teaching kids about climate change.
  4. Carry out a pilot study: pilot studies are always critical in all undertakings. It is only through pilot studies that concepts can be tested out, and potential challenges identified. Even Lowe’s (the retail chain), probably had to undertake a pilot study, before launching the Lowes Kronos employee portal. In a similar manner, before rolling out the lessons about climate change in the nationwide school curriculum, it is important to first undertake a pilot study.
  5. Roll out the climate change lessons fully: if the pilot studies are successful, you can now proceed to roll out the climate change lessons, that will have been incorporated into the (nationwide) school curriculum.