This website documents a set of information graphics led posters that have been created to raise awareness of Scotland's commitment to meeting its net zero emissions targets by 2045 (five years before the rest of the UK). The posters are designed for 11-18 year old pupils at secondary schools in Scotland to highlight the challenges ahead and assist them with understanding the opportunities for achieving net zero.
The project came about over the summer of 2022 after a long discussion about the country’s energy crises between friends Iain and James. It quickly became obvious that there was a wealth of information on sustainability, renewable energy and net zero that parents, young people and children were not fully up to speed with and there might just be a way for a lecturer in communication design and an engineering professor to explain it through the medium of information graphics. They were soon joined by Jemma, from the National Subsea Centre, and the project got fully underway.
As a parent with a son in secondary school and daughter in primary school Iain was very aware of the importance of giving the next generation the best start in understanding how they can successfully bring Scotland to Net Zero in 2045 when they are adults.
The people that are making decisions today regarding the countries future path will mostly be retired by 2045 and its our children who will deal with the choices that are made in the future.
To engage a younger audience a poster exhibition format was chosen as the best way to make the most impact on a busy school wall while providing an easy to engage in visual style to compliment classroom lessons. It also offers a resource that supports the 'Curriculum for Excellence' to help pupils gain the knowledge, skills and attributes needed for life in the 21st century.
It’s hoped that by assisting secondary school pupils studying at Scotland’s schools to have a more in depth understanding of the country’s current use of fossil and renewable energy resources, this will assist Scotland in its commitment to reaching net zero by 2045!
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Draft Energy Strategy and Just Transition Plan
What is Curriculum for Excellence?
This project is a collaboration between Iain Morrison from Gray’s School of Art and Professor James Njuguna and Jemma Reynolds from the National Subsea Centre and School of Engineering, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.