Tuesday 2 February 2016

                                        Green JALT

The Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT)'s Environmental Committee was established in 2013 to raise awareness of environmental issues related to language education and to introduce sustainable practices to JALT conferences. We have been represented by an Environment liaison at several conferences since 2014.

Environment Liaison Responsibility

The Environment liaison should try to ensure a conference is as sustainable as possible. Areas include conference registration, carbon offsets, printed material, including badges and handbooks. If possible the environment liaison should either be based locally or have a local representative to ensure it is possible to obtain materials locally. In the long term, the Environmental committee aim to create truly sustainable conferences.


Useful Links                                                      

Environment Liaison/ Officer's role

Google Drive INDEX

Google Drive Environment Committee

A more detailed overview including previous work

Green Meetings Checklist

Conference Green checklist

The David Suzuki Foundation outlines ways in which to create a greener conference whilst Arizona State University have published a green conference checklist.
There are several other options available. This is a simply easy to understand versions Example

Green Products and logos

It is often difficult to know which products are really eco friendly. There are several organizations that offer certification. Here is a rough guide.

Conference Proposals 

JALT National Environment  Proposals 2016 (original)

JALT National Environment Proposals 2016 (updated)


JALT's Environmental Committee 

The Language Teacher - Issue 39.4; July 2015 (Brent Simmonds)

Greta Thunberg

“We become the bad guys who have to tell you these uncomfortable things”

Climate emergency speeches

23rd July Paris  How long do we have?  IPCC report (page 108) 

Carbon dioxide budget, united science, a climate emergency

Carbon Footprints


What is a carbon footprint ?   
The amount of carbon attributable to a person,conference, organization, transport, event and others.
 Carbon Carbon refers to all the gases that cause climate change.  Carbon dioxide and Methane are probably the most well known.

What is the carbon footprint of our National Conference?   This is quite difficult to calculate accurately, but we have calculated a range of figures using data available. The amount range from 134 tonnes to 250 tonnes of carbon.
To put this into perspective, the target for every individual at the recent Climate Conference is Paris was 2 tonnes/ per year.
 Each citizen of the EU or Japan at present have a footprint of about 9 tonnes whilst the figure for  Bangladesh is 0.4 
Example Offsets/AIR

Greenhouse gases

What is a carbon offset?

World Bank including CO2 emissions  Click on country

World Bank data Japan (includes CO2 emissions)

JALT Conference carbon footprint estimates.

We have estimated the PAN sig carbon footprint since 2014

What is a carbon offset ?  A reductions emissions in greenhouse gases made in order to compensate for or to offset a emission made else where.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_offset 

Contact details

If you would like to help, even in a small way please contact us.