In October 2018, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a sobering report highlighting the need to take action to limit the most damaging effects of climate change. Universities have played a pivotal role in researching the effects of climate change, but have been slow to address the environmental impact of their own activities.
The Climate Action Academic Network, is an association committed to reducing the environmental impact within academia. The network seeks to combine individual action with institutional reform. Members of the network pledge to reduce their own emissions from travel and to organise their activities in a way to minimise the environmental impact. Members also commit to actively engage with their universities to adopt carbon neutral policies at an institutional level.
The main aims of the Climate Action Academic Network include:
Changing the culture to reduce academia's carbon footprint (in particular with regards flying).
Committing academics to a common set of standards.
Connecting academics to promote climate action policies at their own institutions.