The ASAP-supported project Global Climate Change Week (GCCW) was launched on May 26. GCCW is a new initiative designed to encourage academics in all disciplines and countries to engage with their students and communities on climate change action and solutions. During GCCW (to be held this year on October 19-25) academics will alter their programs to coordinate their teaching on some aspect of climate change. They will also organize various other activities focused on awareness-raising, behavior change and political transformation in relation to climate policy, with the participation of NGOs, the community and not-for-profit sector.
For more details see the GCCW website. One of its features is a map that will show which academics around the world are taking part and (if appropriate) what they are planning to do. The map becomes populated when academics fill in the ‘register your interest’ (or ‘register an activity’) form on the right-hand side of every page. So if you think you would like to participate, do please fill the form in.
And do please help us to spread the word about GCCW. Climate change is an increasingly important poverty issue in part because the world’s poor are especially vulnerable to its effects. As the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Synthesis Report says, ‘Climate change impacts are expected to exacerbate poverty in most developing countries and create new poverty pockets in countries with increasing inequality, in both developed and developing countries’ (p. 73).
If you have any questions or suggestions concerning GCCW, please contact Keith Horton.