The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.”  (from https://sdgs.un.org/goals)

Harnessing the collective efforts of countries, groups, and individuals around the world, the United Nations seeks to tackle essential challenges and dangers facing humanity, especially climate change. They have organized challenges around 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).  Important to this work are the dedicated pro bono projects implemented everyday by Coaching organizations, ICF Chapters and members, individual Coaches and Coaching credential holders.

Tools for Pro Bono Projects

The ICF Foundation is excited to be part of this work and in particular to help plan and promote ways that climate change may be included in the pro bono projects of our members.  Ignite helps by offering a Road Map for pro bono projects and providing a suite of tools for managing such projects.  Our Blog section of our website periodically offers articles from Coaches active with climate issues.  And our Board of Trustees value the connections between coaching and social progress.

One relatively new and prolific resource for Coaches concerned with climate issues is the Climate Coaching Alliance (CCA) formed in 2019.  The group purpose seeks to enable various areas of coaching to come up with “strategies and practices … for leadership… in the face of our climate and ecological emergency”, and describes their work as being “…in the service of creating social value…”.

CCA Resources Available

The CCA website offers a wide variety of resources for Coaches to become involved with the specific goal of impacting climate change through coaching. “During the pandemic people have come together to collaborate, share resources, and do what needs to be done in the face of danger” notes the website. “We regularly run global 24-hour Climate Coaching Conversations.  Our vision is for these events to become a catalyst for meaningful conversations that accelerate the emergence of a human story aligned with a living Earth.”

Also offered at the CCA website:

  • A form for posting/announcing related upcoming events
  • A listing of Principles and Values
  • Links to translating Climate issues to five World Views
  • A powerpoint on Leadership
  • And an article on Sustainable Communications

CCA openly welcomes coaches to join their mission.  They “seek and invite other professional bodies to sign up to this commitment”.

Goals and Message

The pooling of common skill sets, the sharing of this personal passion, and the communication of a clear and transparent message are goals of many Coaches who urge others to become involved and take on the message.  The CCA is one place where diverse sources might bring their views together to make a commitment to our future.  ICF Foundation and Ignite also offer assistance as well.

Climate conscious coaches may follow these links for additional information on these resources:

https://foundationoficf.org/engage/

https://foundationoficf.org/engage/coaching-for-social-impact/

https://foundationoficf.org/building-the-bridges/

https://www.climatecoachingalliance.org/