The LIGC course has been created by a team of alumni (ex-students) of the MSc at Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute (or Unit as it was in our day!) and current ECI staff. Our aim is to bring our knowledge and experience of sustainability issues, as encountered in our many and varied careers, to the next generation. We are aiming to attract teenagers from all over the world, and all kinds of backgrounds, to learn with us, and speak directly with some of the current academics and experts at the ECI. Our hope is to share our passion and hope for the future, and pass on the baton for some of the hard work! We also want to share our lovely city of Oxford - and show you some bits that the tourists don't usually get round to seeing.
(Note the all male pic above - that was taken at the end of a course at the wonderful G&D's Ice Cream parlour near the ECI. The boys had already finished their celebration ice creams, and were ready for a pic, while the girls were still savouring theirs!)
This course isn't all about facts and figures - that's what school, and the internet, is for. It is about thinking - carefully and clearly - to come to a personal appreciation of how to navigate all the information that we are faced with about our futures, and how to use that information in our own decision making, and to influence others.
And it isn't all about doom and gloom. It is about saying - ok, so humankind has a few problems. But we are perfectly capable of doing something about it, and if we think clearly, and communicate effectively, and work together we can tackle this.
LIGC Ltd is a non profit. We want to make the course as widely available as possible and so will offer as many hardship support places as possible each year.
Dr Lisa Robins
"The LIGC is a win-win for the ECI and for youth leaders – it’s terrific for ECI staff to interact with young people with a passion for the environment, and a great opportunity for the students to actively engage with the world of academia."
ECI MSc 1995
Dr Kim Polgreen
"LIGC is such an wonderful opportunity for any young person. I am so impressed that busy academics are passionate enough to take time and care in helping the next generation understand the relevance of these big issues to their future lives."
ECI MSc 1995