(Green) Actions Speak Louder than Words

Posted by Liberal Education Magazine on November 29, 2022

With calls to take action on climate change getting louder, some in higher education may be eager to do something but question how they might contribute. Here are some suggestions for how to get involved on campus and engage students in raising awareness and participating in campus initiatives to fight climate change. Read “(Green) Actions Speak Louder than Words, A rally call for higher ed to step up environmental efforts” in Liberal Education:

The world is changing at a rapid pace. In the next hundred years, climate change will increase the global temperature between 2.5 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In addition, precipitation patterns will become wonkier, hurricanes will become stronger, Arctic ice will disappear, and sea levels will rise, just to name a few of the world’s upcoming challenges, all brought from human-made climate change. Seventy-two percent of adults in the United States believe climate change is happening, according to the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCC). And while 77 percent of US adults believe schools should teach about climate change, according to YPCC, only 35 percent have discussions about climate change. As college and university educators, and stewards who share the earth, we have a duty to discuss environmental issues, including waste reduction, climate change, and other ecological threats, with our students and the public.

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