The Climate-U network brings together universities from around the world committed to working together to address the climate crisis. It grew out of the original Climate-U project (Transforming Universities for a Changing Climate) which ran from February 2020-January 2024, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund.
The aim of the network is to strengthen climate action within each institution and create new collaborative ventures through international dialogue and exchange.
Network members adhere to a set of key principles:
1. The climate crisis represents an existential threat to humanity. It is a civilisational crisis and is rooted in our economies, politics and culture, as well as our way of being. It is an issue of global justice, given the disparities in responsibility and impact between world regions.
2. The university is a key piece in the puzzle of addressing the climate crisis. Its multiple roles in education and knowledge production make it vital in addressing this complex issue, in conjunction with other organisations and groups. Yet a major transformation is needed, given the historical complicity of higher education with exploitation of human communities and the natural world.
3. Climate must be addressed across all the different functions of the university, and in all of its disciplines, with a view to developing new holistic, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary forms of action.
4. Participatory action research is an important mode of working, given the need for combining reflection and action, and the need to engage marginalised communities.
5. Sharing and learning across language and cultural differences in an international network it is vital for enhancing the effectiveness and impact of climate action.