Climate action: technicians make it happen

Today is the 50th anniversary of World Earth Day, and this year’s theme is Climate Action.

‘Climate action’ describes the effort to reduce greenhouse emissions – such as trying to establish a low-carbon way of living and methods of strengthening the world’s ability to adapt to climate change related dangers.

Technicians work in a range of skilled roles in this area; read on to discover how.


Helping us travel with a lighter carbon footprint

When not living in these unprecedented times of lockdown, many of us are travelling on a day-to-day basis – whether that’s to school or work. Fortunately, there are many technicians working to make sure we create less pollution on our way; from mechanical and engineering technicians helping to create electric vehicles, to those creating alternative, clean ways to travel - like Sunday, at Brompton Bikes or Baldeep at Reaction Engines.

Helping us live in clean and affordable ways

Technology and innovation are key in providing people with affordable ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Ali, a Technical Officer at Repowering London, uses his expertise to install, maintain and service solar panels for whole communities, reducing their carbon footprint and helping them to avoid fuel poverty. Meanwhile, Gabriel uses his coding skills to programme wind turbines and ensure they are operating correctly and safely, giving us ample access to clean energy.


Keeping an eye on our environment

Technicians are often the ones setting up and carrying out exciting, interesting experiments to help discover more about the world and how to make it a better place. Take for instance Tom and his technical team at the University of Manchester. When he’s not in lockdown, he works in a physical geography department. His work supports research scientists who are reconstructing past environmental changes so they can better understand and help predict the future behaviour of the climate. They also monitor pollution levels so they can contribute to plans to reduce the impact of climate change.


Growing green food

Urban farms in towns and cities grow all sorts of plants such as vegetables, herbs, and fruits to reduce the distance food has to travel and the amount of fuel used for transport. The farms can be found high above street level on rooftops or even deep underground, in laboratory settings. In both cases, horticultural technicians help to monitor and facilitate the perfect conditions to yield the best quality crops.



Keeping our water safe and clean

Water quality technicians take samples of water and test them for unwanted microbes and chemicals. They help analyse water from all sorts of places, from lakes and reservoirs to wastewater, making sure it is safe for human and animal use. They also come up with creative solutions when water quality needs to be improved - in Los Angeles a team of engineers and technicians filled a reservoir with polystyrene balls to reduce harmful chemicals that were tainting the water! Click here to read more about water quality technicians.

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