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Universities Take the Hint that the Climate Crisis isn’t Going Anywhere

Updated: Aug 11, 2023

An article by Julie Kucks

Some of the top universities in the world are incorporating sustainability education into their curricula due to increased student demand.

Words are important – and some of the world’s tip-top universities are cluing into that. It seems that the proliferation of “climate crisis” as a term is pushing those in academia to create some responsive change to their education systems.

A recent billion-dollar gifting to Stanford University has allowed the school to create the new Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability which marks 70 years since the presence of a new school at the university. This gifting comes in a wave of university responses to increased desire from students for sustainability education.

In a recent Cambridge survey of students aged 13-19, nearly all mentioned climate crisis as the biggest challenge and 97% expressed a desire to learn more about it in school. In another survey, 40% reported having low or no education about global issues or sustainability development at their universities.

Colleges are learning that they can no longer ostracize climate crisis from academia.

Want to learn more? Click here to discover how universities across the nation are responding to the climate crisis.

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Julie Kucks is a freelance content writer for New Jersey Institute of Nature and Cedar Hill Prep. Her work has also been featured in Fine Living Lancaster. Julie's writing interests include sustainable living practices, permaculture, mental health, and the power of breathwork. She also enjoys piano tuning, singing and songwriting, playing mountain dulcimer, hiking, and carousing with her kittens, Nike & Lionne.



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