GCCW Newsletter October 1


Welcome to the third GCCW newsletter. GCCW continues to grow, with 223 registered participants and lots of exciting new activities planned. GCCW also recently launched an Open Letter that over 300 academics have signed already.

Open Letter 

Global Climate Change Week has just launched an Open Letter from Academics to World Leaders ahead of the Paris Climate Conference in December. Please sign the letter if you agree with it and promote it through your networks.

Over 300 academics have signed the Open Letter in the first 72 hours since its launch!  Please keep promoting it through your networks. We would like to translate the letter into some foreign languages, so if you’re able and willing to do such a translation please let us know (at

GCCW activities
There are many exciting activities being planned for Global Climate Change Week all over the world. If you have already registered your interest and are now planning an activity that you haven’t registered yet, please do so using the Change supporter/activity details form. If it is an unusual activity, or one you think others might be interested in, please email us (at with a more detailed description. We plan to put some descriptions of this sort on the GCCW website.

You may also want to consider setting up a Facebook page to share information about your local events (as some of us at the University of Wollongong have started to do here).

Linking up 

GCCW’s immediate objective is to encourage more academics to engage with their students and communities on climate change. In many cases, doing so will be most successful if you link up with other groups with related aims. Find out more about linking up here.


The second batch of GCCW Q&A interviews is now online. It features interviews with Dr Alexandra Cook, Mr Shayan Barmand, and Dr Rosemary Faire. You can read the full article here

GCCW Newsletter August 22


Welcome to the second GCCW newsletter. A lot has happened since the last newsletter. GCCW now has 163 participants from 36 countries and 6 continents. There are a range of great activities being planned including public forums, environmental education labs, mock UN negotiations, divestment campaigns, student skill-shares, tree plantings, green sport and exercise activities, and much more. Make sure to keep checking our website and social media pages for all the updates as we get closer to GCCW.

Also, please encourage any academics that you know are planning to take part in GCCW to register. This will encourage others to do so, give GCCW even more momentum, and help us with our publicity and recruitment efforts.

GCCW featured in Nature Climate Change 

GCCW has been featured in a new article in Nature Climate Change. You can read the full article here.

The article features interviews with GCCW Coordinating Committee members Dr Keith Horton and Dr Helen McGregor. It also discusses why GCCW is an important initiative and some of the great activities that are being organised by GCCW participants. Make sure to take a look.


We have been interviewing GCCW participants to gain more insight into why academics all around the world are getting involved in GCCW and what they are planning to do. The first batch of these interviews is available here; the second is coming soon.

GCCW Videos 

GCCW has produced its first videos, featuring interviews with Coordinating Committee members Keith Horton, Helen McGregor and George Takacs. You can find all three videos both on our site and on our YouTube channel. If you like the videos, please share them around to help us spread the word about GCCW. If you are able to make similar videos about why you have decided to get involved with GCCW and what you hope to achieve by doing so, please send them to us and we will put them on our website and YouTube channel.

Request for mailing list info

GCCW has gained a lot of registrations from contacting mailing lists. If you know of any mailing lists that would be interested in GCCW, could you please either let them know about GCCW or send us the details of the mailing list (send to: so that we can contact them. This will help us spread the word and get more people involved.

GCCW Newsletter June 18


The GCCW Coordinating Committee would like to welcome you to the first GCCW newsletter. Our initiative is off to a great start – our new website is live, and 65 people from 12 countries around the world have already registered. Please tell your friends and colleagues about GCCW and remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Stay tuned for updates about our exciting plans for the future.

New Advisory Council members

GCCW would like to welcome its two newest advisory council members: Katharine Hayhoe and Gavin Schmidt. We are very excited to have them on board.

Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist and the director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. Her website contains videos, interviews and a variety of other great information.

Gavin Schmidt is a climatologist and the Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). His NASA page has a variety of great material on climate science, research and communication.

Request for educational resources

Do you have any educational resources that may be useful for Global Climate Change Week? One of our aims at GCCW is to encourage more academics from more disciplines to include climate change in their teaching, especially during GCCW. To help them along, we would like to provide links to educational resources (curricula, bibliographies, presentations, lecture summaries, and so on) on climate change relevant to many different disciplines that academics can use or adapt for their own purposes. So if you have any educational resources that you think may be useful for GCCW and that are available on the web, please contact us on

Thank you to biote

The success of GCCW so far wouldn’t have been possible without our fantastic website. Everyone involved in GCCW would like to say a huge thank you to Justin Westgate, Stuart Sontier, and the team at biote who designed our site and did most of the work pro bono. We couldn’t have done it without them.