Much of our network activity is communication. To reach out to our university community and beyond. We are trying to trigger further climate action inspired by our efforts and learn from others.
One way of doing that is by publishing our work in relevant journals.
So when the opportunity to publish in the environment journal arose, we took it. :)
A concise article summarizing our motivation, vision and what we achieved. It is intended to inform and motivate others to join us or form their own networks around the country.
'Universities must use their unique position to become sustainability leaders'
University scientists have been warning for decades that we need to reduce our carbon emissions. They have discovered the mechanisms behind global warming, calculated the limits of our planet and developed solutions for how to continue in a sustainable fashion. Hence, you would expect universities to be leaders of sustainability already, showing us how their solutions work. However, despite their scientific evidence and what they teach students, most universities are failing to deliver meaningful carbon reductions. In the UK, a recent report by Brite Green revealed that 71% of UK higher education institutes are forecasted to fail HEFCE carbon targets. This highlights a historical disconnect between research and campus operations, which must be overcome. Interdisciplinary networks with a climate vision can be catalysers to change this path and help harness the economic, cultural and environmental benefits that come with such a transition.
Full article (s)
Link to article in environment journal (without references): http://environmentjournal.online/articles/universities-must-use-unique-position-become-sustainability-leaders/
Link to article on Andy Nolan's Sustainable Smart Cities blog (longer, referenced version entitled 'Why and how universities should lead the way to carbon neutrality'):
Please let us know what you think and get in touch with any ideas or if you want to build your own network.
We would love to hear from you.
Your CNU coordinators