As the University of New South Wales is embroiled in the ongoing crisis of climate change, there is a growing sentiment on campus to take a collective stand on this important issue.
In an interview with the University Weekly, University of Sydney professor John Watson said the university’s students have been left in a position where they cannot simply take their concerns to the public and that there is an opportunity to change this situation.
“Students are frustrated about the way the university is going,” he said.
“They feel they are being left out of the discussion and that the university and the community are not doing enough to address the issue.”
Mr Watson also pointed out that he and his colleagues at the university are concerned about climate change and the impacts of climate disruption on the community and on the planet.
“We are all worried about the impact that climate change will have on our environment and our health,” he told the University Week.
“The students at the University are not really concerned with climate change but they are worried about other aspects of the environment. “
“What we are doing is trying to engage with them about how they feel about the issue. “
It is not a one-size-fits-all approach.” “
What we are doing is trying to engage with them about how they feel about the issue.
It is not a one-size-fits-all approach.”
Professor Watson has been an advocate for climate change in Australia and internationally.
He said the response from the university community has been supportive of the climate change position.
“There are students at Sydney University who are more in favour of taking action,” he explained.
“Their concern is that the climate is changing and they are going to have to do something about it.” “
He also said that students should take the initiative in their own interests and support their peers to take action. “
Their concern is that the climate is changing and they are going to have to do something about it.”
He also said that students should take the initiative in their own interests and support their peers to take action.
“Many of the things that we do as students are driven by the needs of others, by the welfare of the community, by wanting to help the community,” he added.
“If the community wants to be more involved in this issue then that is great, and if not, then we should support each other and work together.”
Professor Tom Wilson also believes that the campus community should take on a leadership role in addressing climate change.
“This is an issue that affects the entire university community, and there is no better place to start than the university,” he argued.
“As a student, you can’t ignore the climate and you can never have a university that is free of climate-related issues.”
Professor Wilson said he and fellow academics are also concerned about the impacts the university could face from climate change on its research environment.
“[We] have a very limited research environment in terms of the number of researchers who are going in and doing the research,” he warned.
“But there are very serious impacts to our research that are happening now.”
We know that a significant portion of our research is being done by graduate students, and the research is already at risk.
“And these are people who are not going to come to university with the knowledge that they will be able to do the work that they are supposed to do in their future careers.”
Professor Watt said he hoped the university would make it easier for students to take on leadership roles in their community, both in terms on their own campus and on a broader level.
“Our research is the foundation of the university, so we need to be part of that foundation,” he pointed out.
“So when we do our work, we need students to be involved in the decision-making process and we need faculty to be a part of the decision making process.”
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