As America’s environmental college, Unity College is proud to offer access to world-class environmental education to a broad and diverse group of students. Distance Education at Unity College makes that possible by offering students the opportunity to access an environmentally focused at an accredited college from anywhere in the world.
Governments, NGOs, corporations, and nonprofits are looking to colleges like Unity to educate tomorrow’s professionals for a diverse and expanding workforce. It is important that efforts to address environmental problems are inclusive and represent a diverse community of stakeholders.
For starters, the global community of environmentalists is rapidly expanding.
A 2018 report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that people who consider themselves environmentalists comprise a much more diverse group than researchers thought.
The report was a wake-up call that sustainability isn’t just a trend—caring for the natural environment is embraced by all types of people, and people from all backgrounds consider themselves part of the environmental community.
As this diverse community becomes more aware of the challenges facing the environment, more people are seeking ways to align their careers with their environmental values.
Here are three significant ways an inclusive environmental movement is changing the world:
- Today’s students are the most diverse generation to date, and they’re more environmentally motivated than their predecessors. The Pew Research Center has found that millennials and members of Generation Z are significantly more dedicated than their predecessors to solving climate change and other environmental problems, and they’re looking to a diverse society to accomplish those goals.
- Environmentalism is a global issue, and the impacts of environmental problems often disproportionately affect the most vulnerable members of society. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs has called for an increased understanding of how environmental change affects diverse populations through inequitable land use, unsustainable development, and lack of awareness. Now more than ever, the world needs educated and compassionate professionals who can design more sustainable models for development locally and globally.
- Diversity in sustainability leadership roles leads to better outcomes. Research has shown that diverse leadership teams are more profitable and innovative and are better at problem-solving. By bringing together people of all backgrounds, communities are better able to address social and environmental .
It’s clear that a more sustainable world is within reach when we create access to educational opportunities and welcome people from diverse backgrounds.
Unity College’s Distance Education opens the doors to environmental education to everyone. We offer financial aid, including grants, scholarships, and loans, to more than 90 percent of our students. Unity also has robust resources for military personnel. It’s easy to put your veteran’s benefits to work while you earn a degree that will help you take on the next challenge in your career.
Our student resources ensure an outstanding education is accessible to all students. Unity College is committed to making individuals from various backgrounds and abilities can participate fully in its programs.