Academies unite on climate change

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Working in conjunction with Australia’s other Learned Academies, The Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH) is committed to harnessing the collective expertise and resources of our Fellows and humanities networks to provide insights, solutions and knowledge to tackle climate change and to provide advice to guide the most efficient, fair and cost-effective policy mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We’re also committed to substantially reducing the emissions of our own Academy activities.

The AAH is working with Australia’s other Learned Academies to address climate change. Through collaboration and leadership, we can ensure our experts are at the forefront of providing advice to limit global warming and drive decarbonisation.

The AAH’s President, Professor Lesley Head FASSA FAHA, joined with the other Academy Presidents to issue a statement in the wake of COP26. Significantly the statement calls for:

  • fair and cost-effective policy mechanisms that drive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and broader adaptation
  • partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to drive more effective and sustainable approaches to social, health and environmental issues
  • the knowledge and strategic insights of humanities and social sciences to ensure social acceptance and just outcomes as Australia moves away from fossil fuels.

Our 2021 symposium showcased ideas from established and emerging scholars whose work will help manage the social and cultural dimensions of the climate crisis.

In 2022, we will continue to harness the collective expertise and resources of our Fellows and humanities networks to provide insights, solutions and knowledge. We are also committed to substantially reducing the emissions of our own Academy activities.

Read the full statement on the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) website.

The presidents of the five Learned Academies are:

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Director of Communications and Engagement,
Carli Ratcliff
carli.ratcliff@humanities.org.au
0407 438 002

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