YOUNG TALENT AND THE GREEN ECONOMY
The GreenMatter Fellowship, which nurtures young academics in the environmental field, believes that if South African corporates would invest in young talent, there would be a brighter future for the country’s green economy.
South Africa ranks 12th amongst the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters, due in great part to its dependence on coal. The ripple effect of this is that South Africa’s biodiversity is also at risk, with rising temperatures leading to drier climates and creating the ideal environment for fires and widespread ecological damage.
GreenMatter is an initiative in partnership with SANBI (SA National Biodiversity Institute) and the Lewis Foundation, aimed at nurturing talented young graduates to become the future custodians of South Africa’s biodiversity and natural heritage. The GreenMatter Fellowship is a skills development programme designed to equip environmental professionals with the workplace skills needed to thrive within the green sector.
Greater involvement from corporate South Africa in the way of environmental and educational funding is needed to support the development of South Africa’s own green talent pool. Corporate involvement is key to empowering students to obtain qualifications and experience in the environmental field of their choice, and financial as well as non-financial support will allow graduates to participate meaningfully in the green economy.