Accountancy and the way it is taught is inadvertently fuelling the climate crisis, says Professor Ian Thomson.
In fact, he would go one step further – the way in which most people do their accounting actual incentivises climate change!
A key note speaker at the recent PQ magazine/LSBU 6th annual conference, Birmingham University’s Thomson said there is an urgent need to decarbonise the hidden carbon curriculum in university accounting degrees, and to be doing nothing is no longer an option.
The problem is that environmental issues were seen as a marginalised issue by many accountants until recently, yet all transactions past, present and future have a direct effect on greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). They aren’t a subsection, and can no longer be seem that way, he claimed.
To find out more go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6KY_FGgcHM (go to 4.37).
He is also the lead story in the latest issue of PQ magazine. Read what he thinks at: https://issuu.com/pqpublishing/docs/pq_feb23_multi.