"From groundbreaking research to community engagement to optimizing their own operations, universities are positioned to play a leading role in addressing the human rights crisis of climate change, both globally and locally."
That was the consensus as presidents and chancellors from four Association of American Universities took center stage to cap off Day 1 of the Right Here, Right Now Global Climate Summit on Friday evening.
University of Boulder faculty member Lori Peek, director of the National Hazards Center, for her research following Hurricane Katrina confirming that race, class, age, disability, and income determine which populations are hit hardest and recover the fastest when climate-related disasters strike, per a press release.
Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano also highlighted CU Boulder research using technology to detect methane leaks at oil and gas wells and research highlighting that the greatest number of bipartisan climate-related legislative bills passed in states with the greatest political divides.
DiStefano said universities are all approaching the issue in slightly different ways and bringing different strengths to bear.
"We can harness that creativity and innovation from our respective campuses to develop new climate solutions and have a strong influence on upholding human rights in the process," he added.
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