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Top 6 Courses You Can Take to Contribute to a Regenerative Future

What are the courses I can take to contribute to a regenerative future?

Thinking about the future feels like a daunting task. With the reality of climate change affecting major industries such as agriculture, healthcare, and energy, imagining a bright future may be too much a task. Truth is, maybe it’s time we accept that “sustainability” isn’t enough. We need to think about how we can act to have a regenerative future — a future where we not wouldn’t only survive, but also thrive — together!

Speaking of actions, there is one that is doable and is almost right in front of us: choosing the right course! Getting into the right course can help us grow and be educated about how we can effectively put our hand into making the future a lot better and more sustainable. Considering what has been going on in the world today, especially in our environment, it’s only natural that we take it upon ourselves to change the future by being better equipped with knowledge and technical skills as early as now.

So, we compiled the top 6 courses you can take to contribute to a regenerative future that the generations to come deserve.

1. Social Entrepreneurship

During the pandemic, many Gen Z’s have started their own small businesses online, showing that there is a demand for their products and services as well as talent in making sure their businesses stand out among the others. Taking a course on Social Entrepreneurship helps you do just that — and more!

Social Entrepreneurship is more than just selling products and services. It is more about finding social issues and coming up with innovative products and services that can help alleviate or solve the said issue. By comparison, common courses like Business Administration and Business Management are more on marketing strategy and organizational structure. But, when we talk of Social Entrepreneurship, business is only half of it. The other half is innovating and creating solutions to social issues and bringing that to the masses.

Social Entrepreneurship graduates usually end up as owners or CEOs of a startup or small business. Others may also end up as strategists of existing businesses to help them produce new products that are more socially responsible. Either way, this course allows students to be very versatile and can work in virtually any industry and sector. 

2. Environmental Studies

If we look at the history of the world and where humans have entered the scene, we’re basically newcomers. Yet, we have done unimaginable damage to the environment. In the last 50 years, nature’s ability to support life has been decreasing thanks to human activity. Though that sounds scary, it doesn’t mean we can’t do anything about it — and that’s because of Environmental Studies

Taking a course on Environmental Studies helps you see the effects of human activity on the environment through research and fieldwork. Some core courses include biology, chemistry, geology, and mathematics. Upper-level courses synthesize and integrate basic sciences and apply that knowledge to analysis and solutions of current environmental problems. These upper-level courses are rich in lab and field experiences which helps craft evidence-based plans on reversing damages later on. Knowing the extent to which humans have affected the environment is key to understanding what we can do and what we can avoid doing — two things that we need to ensure a better AND regenerative future.

There are a lot of career options for this course. You can work as a Land Surveyor, Air Quality Inspector, Biologist, Researcher, and Scientist — to name a few. 

 3. Chemistry

Most of us know Chemistry as a subject but is it any different as a course? Well, not as much! Chemistry as a degree goes deep into the basic blocks of matter and how things come to be! Though what’s also good  is that there are also a ton of sub-specializations in Chemistry based on your interests: there’s biochemistry, organic chemistry, geochemistry — and so much more! 

Taking a degree in chemistry is very crucial in how we can have a regenerative future. With pollutants being one of the leading causes of climate change, having all hands on deck in trying to reverse the damage and creating better alternatives is important now more than ever.

Chemistry graduates are welcomed in the fields of material production as lab researchers and staff. In the academe, of course, Chemistry graduates can work as educators in both high school and college.

4. Sustainability Management

the systems in place and sees how things can be made more sustainable. It goes into the nitty gritty of what sustainability is and how it can be applied into current businesses and their business models. It ensures that any changes made affects the business positively and maintains socially responsible solutions.

Sustainability Management carefully examines what’s going on and applies necessary changes, making it much more hands-on and localized.

Sustainability Management graduates usually work as consultants for multiple companies and organizations to help them optimize their businesses and balance it with their corporate social responsibility. They can also be hired as in-house managers and team leads, especially for bigger companies who can have their own sustainability committees.

5. Forestry

Probably closest to home as we are rich in fauna and flora, Forestry mainly deals with conserving our natural resources, specifically that of our forests. It involves taking care of not just plants and the trees, but also of animal life that inhabits those areas. This course helps ensure the protection of the biodiversity we have in our woodlands.

Entering Forestry also entails a challenge as the demand for wood resources and land continues to be at an all-time high. Wood is an essential resource for building structures, furniture, and even as main proponents of materials like pencils and paper. Meanwhile, forest lands are easy targets for new subdivisions and commercial spaces. Taking Forestry as a course calls for finding solutions to these challenges and striking the balance between the need for lush forests and the demand for resources.

Careers you can have when you take up Forestry are along the lines of wildlife conservation, whether as conservators or biologists. Being consultants for government and non-government institutions are also viable options.

 6. Environmental Engineering

Last but not the least, Environmental Engineering takes into consideration the natural resources we use as well as the human activities that contribute to the degradation of the environment. This course trains people to put systems in place to ensure that whatever natural resources we use is returned to the environment. Similarly, it also puts regulations or even innovations in place to ensure that human activities do not further degrade the environment, such as making sure our air, water, and soil are free from pollutants and toxic chemicals.

Taking this course also allows us to find alternative solutions to things we need but are harmful to our environment. For example, the demand for electricity is always solved by the use of non-renewable resources like fossil fuels and coal. However, alternatives such as geothermal, solar, and wind provide us with cleaner sources of energy that do not involve harming the environment which makes for a more sustainable future.

Taking a proactive approach in dealing with our future is key to ensuring we would even have a future to begin with. Of these approaches, getting formally educated by the right course could flip the script and slowly regenerate the environment that was lost through decades-worth of abuse and mismanagement. These courses here can help you be part of that action — action which can send ripples to the future generation especially as you become part of socially responsible companies. Speaking of companies, one company who’s been advocating about a regenerative future is EDC, aligned with the company’s mission of forging collaborative pathways for a decarbonized and regenerative future. 

The only question is: are you up for it?

About Energy Development Corporation and the SIKAT Program

Energy Development Corporation (EDC) is First Gen Corporation’s 100% RE subsidiary with over 1,480MW total installed capacity that accounts for 20 percent of the country’s total installed RE capacity. Its 1,185MW geothermal portfolio comprises 62 percent of the country’s total installed geothermal capacity and is the 3rd largest geothermal producer in the world.

Under EDC’s Corporate Social Responsibility programs, SIKAT aims to provide educational support to the underprivileged but deserving youth. It outweighs other social projects due to its capacity to break intergenerational poverty. SIKAT expresses EDC’s aspirations for all its scholars across the country. The company believes that investing in quality education regardless of their track, whether academic or technical-vocation, will help transform the scholars into future change-drivers in their respective host communities and spheres of influence.
Since 2011, the SIKAT program has produced 210 scholars who study in the University of the Philippines and other state colleges & universities. Get to know some of the SIKAT scholars here.  

 

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