Environmental Management

, Volume 48, Issue 3, pp 379–391

The Urgent Need for Universities to Comprehensively Address Global Climate Change Across Disciplines and Programs


DOI: 10.1007/s00267-011-9699-z

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Lemons, J. Environmental Management (2011) 48: 379. doi:10.1007/s00267-011-9699-z


I review the status of scientific, political, and moral problems of global climate change (GCC) and, based on lessons from environmental and sustainability programs in universities, demonstrate that universities have had a lethargic response to urgent needs to mitigate the problems. I explore reasons for the response, and conclude that there is an urgent need for comprehensive and wide–ranging change in universities to help mitigate GCC. My discussion is focused on those within universities as well as those in environmental professions regardless of their areas of specialization.


US universityClimate changeScience and education

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Studies in Community and Environment ProgramMinot State UniversityMinotUSA