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Sustainable academia: the responsibilities of academic historians in a climate-impacted world


Pascoe Leahy, C and Gaynor, A and Sleight, S and Morgan, R and Rees, Y, Sustainable academia: the responsibilities of academic historians in a climate-impacted world, Environment and History, 28, (4) pp. 1-25. ISSN 0967-3407 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3197/096734022X16552219786645


Environmental degradation is the most serious challenge of the twenty-first century. To date, academic historians, among many others, have failed to fully confront the climate and biodiversity crises, often engaging in disavowal of the problems and our contribution to them in the course of our historical work. This article discusses mitigation efforts underway among other professional bodies, higher education institutions and academic disciplines, before addressing how we might embrace sustainability more meaningfully through our practices. We explain why a focus on decarbonisation is important, canvas the multiple benefits of reducing travel and consider what individuals and institutions can do to better respond to a crisis that is already with us. Our particular case study is Australia, though the implications of our findings - such as the effects of global heating and environmental destruction - are global.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sustainability, climate change, higher education, universities
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Climate change impacts and adaptation
Research Field:Human impacts of climate change and human adaptation
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Sustainability indicators
UTAS Author:Pascoe Leahy, C (Dr Carla Pascoe Leahy)
ID Code:154378
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2022-11-27
Last Modified:2022-12-06

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