Prof. Jaime Toney

Prof. Jaime Toney

As Director of the Centre for Sustainable Solutions and Professor of Environmental and Climate Science at the University of Glasgow, I am interested in enabling people to act for a sustainable future.

Location Glasgow, United Kingdom


  • Thank you for pointing this out, Lee. As a scientist I try to communicate in a way that is free from jargon when I communicate with different audiences, but sometimes I slip. I used equilibrate, because we have been using the word 'equilibrium', so this equilibrate means to come to equilibrium, but you are right that it could be more simply said as 'balance...

  • Each geographical place in the world experiences the effects of climate change differently and the response of local and national governments play a strong role in what is done. This is a really good discussion point - I wonder if maybe some of our other learners may also want to respond?

  • Hi Judy, we will try our best to keep up with comments!!! It is a pleasure to engage with the learners on the course to get both positive and critical feedback on your experience.

  • Hi Sampson, feel free to contact me outside the course to learn more about engaging with BECS through my university email, which you can find online.

  • Welcome @LooksMatoto ! Seeing the impacts of climate change first hand can be very devastating. We need to find a way to communicate the changes that are happening to everyone - especially when it might not be clear that the choices we are making in one part of the world are affecting people in other parts of the world.

  • Welcome, @FaithOchekwu . We are currently developing additional courses aimed at teaching climate change in schools, so keep an eye out in October for their launch!

  • Welcome @GeoffHoppe . I hope that we are able to inspire you!

  • Welcome, @BillSlade . You have probably acquired many skills through your experience and it would be interesting to hear your reflections as the course goes on as to whether you use some of the techniques already.

  • @PatriziaSgura - it would be interesting to see what stories your students could come up with using some of the principles you will learn here.

  • Great to hear from you, @AlysonRhead !

  • @NcediswaNotywala - Welcome to the course!

  • @RachelNubour - Welcome.

  • @GillianScozzafava - a lot more needs to be done to shift perceptions of what is happening, that it is urgent and we need to act now. We need all options and approaches on the table to make real change. We also need to recognise that solutions to climate change are not separate from other health, inequality and fuel crises that we are also facing.

  • @JoanaSimões - We will address that!!!

  • @Judyaslett - Hi Judy, welcome. Sailing around the world sounds like a great adventure - and a good way to engage a broad range of folks in discussions around climate change. Please let us know if you are putting any of your new skills to practice.

  • @FrankieMacpherson - welcome Frankie! I hope that you find the tips and tools that we've compiled helpful. I look forward to hearing your feedback as the course progresses.

  • @SampsonObi - Welcome! I hope that you find the course useful and pick up some new skills along the journey.

  • @GillianScozzafava - Welcome. In the first instance, we need to continually raise awareness in a way that connects with people. Hopefully, those taking the course will become change agents!!

  • @SheilaBransden - Welcome, Sheila! I have researched the science behind climate change for over 20-years now. I remain hopeful that we can change the course of action and help bring issues like the droughts, wildfires and other consequences of climate change to the forefront of the political agenda. I think one of the key factors in this is to remember that...

  • @OlafimihanIsrael - Welcome! Hopefully you will find useful tools for yourself and some that you can share with your students!

  • @musasalih -- Welcome, communicating to communities about new technologies like smart agriculture can be really challenging, but also very rewarding. I hope that you find useful tools and tips on this course.

  • @SylvestreStenley - welcome to the course. It is fantastic that you have managed to remain positive given the climate impacts that Haiti has faced over recent years. Hopefully You will find some new tools to engage others with climate!

  • @SaraBarsamo - welcome Sara. I am a fan of the saying, 'the more I learn, the less I know'. There is so much to explore!

  • @HannahClare - welcome Hannah. It is great to see someone who is a comms professional on the course. You must have ample experience with communicating to different groups of people and it will be interesting to hear your anecdotes as the course goes on. I'm sure there is lots that we can learn from you as well!

  • @LeeScott - welcome. I'm very sorry to learn of your advanced MS diagnosis, but am very inspired by your drive for learning! Over the past few years I have had a mission to mainstream climate and sustainability education (not just to our typical university students) and I'm always pleased to learn that we are reaching different demographics of learners.

  • Welcome @NaveedKhan !

  • Hi @BedaLevira , I'm really pleased that you've found our course. I look forward your feedback and hope that it delivers what you are hoping to get out of it!

  • That's a great ambition, @LUGANDADAVIDNSIYONNA . Great to see you here!

  • There are many more vulnerable people to worry about aside from just those who cannot afford air conditioning!

  • Yes, I recognise some of these traits in myself.

    I don't find much of this surprising as I am fairly familiar with the concept.

    As I grow older and maybe more experienced, I am less of a perfectionist and do recognise that if I share my thoughts on tasks and other aspects of my work, usually those around me and above me are sympathetic.

  • I wouldn't have recognised that Einstein felt that way, partly due to gender, but partly to working in a different era.

    High achievers are likely not to recognise their thoughts/skills are any different from anyone else and likely feel that things that make them different are not positive or valued in society.

    I would empathise and discuss some of the...