The Carleton Climate Commons Working Group brings together faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students at Carleton University to discuss climate change issues in relation to the humanities and social sciences, to share academic work, and to share ideas and articles.
The university has long been the place our society carves out for addressing issues of vital importance to all of society. Climate change is one of those issues. And yet in our increasingly specialized world, the solution to climate change is often perceived to come from science or government or some combination of the two. We think the humanities and social sciences have a role to play here too. The Working Group is a forum for exploring what that role might be.
In May 2021, the Carleton Climate Commons wrote this letter asking the university to act more decisively on the climate crisis. In response, the president formed a cross-disciplinary Climate Response Committee. This committee is working now to realize the actions outlined in our letter. We’re grateful for the president’s response and for the incredible work that Carleton faculty, students, and administrators are doing with respect to climate change research, teaching, and action.