Report urges deeper learning, action on climate change – Harvard Gazette

by | Sep 14, 2022 | Climate Change

The report was commissioned in January and produced by a 30-person team of faculty and administrators. Stock said Harvard has steadily ramped up teaching in this area over the years, and the Harvard University Center for the Environment has supported student programs across the University. But he still heard from students that more is needed — more opportunities to learn, conduct research, and engage with the problem through internships and fellowships.
“The importance of preparing students — and students wanting to be prepared — for the changing climate has become much more salient in the last several years,” Stock said. “It was clear from talking with students, talking with administrators, and looking at course offerings that although we were creating more courses, we weren’t really keeping up with demand. And because climate change cuts across all our Schools, a cross-School perspective is in order. It seemed like there were lots of opportunities.”
Stock said that another relatively recent change has been in the job market. Jobs for what he broadly termed “climate professionals” used to be limited to nonprofits, higher education, and government. Now, he said, many corporations and private companies have sustainability offices and are paying much closer attention to environmental impacts of their products and operations.
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