The 40,000 Steps Challenge – launched on October 1 – will see IH school staff and students around the world cover a combined 40,000 km over three months, through December.
The distance, the same as the circumference of the earth, will mean that the entire IH community will give the planet a “metaphorical hug,” according to the organization.
“As a network of language schools that teach more than 200,000 students a year, we know we are able to make a positive impact,” said Lucy Horsefield, IHWO Executive Director.
“Our 40,000 km walk challenge is a fun way to encourage our community to think about how they can change their daily habits.”
“Our 40,000km Walk Challenge is a fun way to encourage the International House community to think about how they can change their daily habits and reduce harmful CO2 emissions.
By replacing car trips with those made on foot, the company hopes to “raise the issue of environmental sustainability across our network and within the language education industry as a whole,” said she added.
It’s also part of an ongoing commitment the organization has made, Horsefield noted.
IH Intensive ELT Intensive Course Arm IH InTuition is already committed to carrying out carbon-negative operations, and its “Protect our Planet” initiative aims to mitigate the company’s carbon emissions and its impact on the environment.
As part of the new initiative, schools are encouraged to “virtually” walk towards each other or “virtually meet” at a central point of interest, in order to create opportunities for student dialogue and interaction. enrich the program with environmental topics.
In addition, the IHWO core team will complete a ‘virtual’ walk around the North Pole on the frozen Arctic Ocean, which will highlight the issues of the melting ice cap and loss of habitat for them. polar bears and other rare species of arctic flora and fauna.
“All of these aim to protect our planet and minimize the negative impacts we have on our environment,” the company added.
“Our ambition is for the International House school network to lead the way in the ELT industry and make a real difference to the future of our precious planet.”
IH will track the number of kilometers traveled by staff and students and hopes to reach its target by December 31, 2021.