Category Archives: climatechange

A new campus climate change group appears: Cornell on Fire

How can academics respond to the unfolding climate crisis? One was is to organize your campus to think hard and to take serious steps about global warming.  Today’s example comes from upstate New York, with the launch of a faculty … Continue reading

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To grow or not to grow? Take this with a giant pile of salt.

One of the great questions of our time is: shall we continue to grow? I’m referring to our civilization and its massive, complex footprint, which we can measure in many ways.  Will we keep growing our economy, making more goods, … Continue reading

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One nation mandates climate classes for its entire higher education system

How might academia respond to the climate crisis? One way is for colleges and universities to teach more content and classes on the topic. This is a path individual faculty who are passionate about global warming can follow, to the … Continue reading

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Solarpunk as a way of redesigning higher education for the climate crisis

One well-known risk of working on climate change is depression.  The topic presents so many terrible futures that dwelling in it can be mentally brutal. In response to this grim issue, people have been offering hopeful ways of thinking about … Continue reading

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More campuses under extreme weather

Yesterday I wrote about two Canadian campuses endangered by fires. Climate change played some role in intensifying those conflagrations. Today I offer a related story.  This post will be relatively brief, as I’m with my wife, back in a hospital … Continue reading

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Higher education and climate change: two stories from August 2023

How might academics respond to the unfolding climate crisis? Today I’d like to share two developments which can help us think through that question. The first comes from Canada, where two campuses (so far) have been under evacuation orders due … Continue reading

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Are you teaching about climate change and education? I’m available as a guest speaker.

Are you teaching a class this fall which addresses how climate change might impact higher education? If so, I’m available to contribute, if it makes sense for your pedagogical and curricular purposes. To explain: for several years now I’ve been … Continue reading

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Envisioning and planning for climate change in higher education

This morning I’m speaking to the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)’s conference in Cleveland, Ohio.  My topic: higher education in the climate crisis. I’m not sure if a recording will be available, nor if anyone will live-tweet it, … Continue reading

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The Deluge: notes on a leading climate fiction novel

How might we imagine the unfolding climate crisis through the creative arts? I’ve been studying climate fiction (please don’t say “cli-fi”) for several years now, and wanted to share some notes on what strikes me as a leading example. The … Continue reading

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The hottest days on record have been this week

“It was getting hotter.” -Kim Stanley Robinson, Ministry for the Future (2020), opening line Greetings from early, very hot July here in the eastern United States. My apologies for not blogging much the past few weeks, but things have been … Continue reading

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