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Online Training: Raw Materials Empowering Sustainability: Mind the Gap - 1. What is sustainability and why do we need raw materials to achieve it?

Date:
26 May 2022
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Event type:
Contributes to CPD, Course, Online Training, Virtual event
Organised by:
Geological Society Events, 2022 Year of Sustainability
Venue:
Virtual event
Event status:
EVENT OPEN

This course starts at 16.30 GMT and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Raw Materials Empowering Sustainability: Mind the Gap - What is sustainability and why do we need raw materials to achieve it?

• Define sustainability, geosystem services, natural resources, and other key terms and jargon relevant to later sessions (e.g. doughnut economics)
• Differentiate between resources that are grown/farmed vs those that are extracted from the geosphere
• Describe why and how we use resources from the geosphere, including minerals and hydrocarbons
• Understand why we need mining, and what mining includes, i.e. metalliferous and non-metalliferous inorganic minerals, quarrying, coal (metallurgical and thermal)
• Recognise the energy transition as being from a system dependent on fossil fuels to one dependent on minerals
• Analyse the role of minerals in delivering other sustainable development goals (SDGs)
• Critically engage with debates and contested issues re mined resources and sustainable development, including:
• Positive and negative sustainability impacts of mining
• Dependencies and trade-offs between SDGs
• Future raw materials supply and demand scenarios for a more populous and carbon-constrained world

Programme

This session will be held as a lecture followed by a Q&A session with the speaker.

Speakers

Course speakers will be announced shortly.

Registration

This course is a free introductory course, as part of the Raw Materials Empowering Sustainability: Mind the Gap series. The series consists of another 9 courses, which are available for purchase individually, or as part of a discounted package.

Registration for this session will close at 12.00 GMT on 25 May 2022

We also offer discounts on group bookings of 5 or more, please email training@geolsoc.org.uk to enquire.

Student Registration

Previous course speakers Alison Graham and Vicky Corcoran have kindly donated a proportion of their speaker fee to fund places for students, this has enabled the society to offer a limited number of student places at a special rate. Proof of student status required when registering at this rate.

Venue

This series of events will be held virtually over Zoom at 16.30 GMT.

Contact

Please contact training@geolsoc.org.uk with any enquiries.


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