Is Academic Flightshame the Solution? Environmental Lunchtime Discussion

Do scholars fly too much? We have invited Kjerstin Aukrust to talk about academic flightshaming and the 2019 petition to reduce CO2 emissions from UiO flights by 50 percent.

Airplane taking off in California, US
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UiO distinguishes itself as a «green university». Yet in 2018, employees at the University of Oslo flew 62.2 million kilometers, equivalent to 80 return trips to the moon. Emissions from air travel is a major contributor to global CO2 emissions. Can the University of Oslo reduce its climate footprint and travel less by plane whithout impacting research, teaching and international cooperation?

Kjerstin Aukrust is an associate professor in French literature and area studies at UiO. She was one of the initiators behind the petition "Appeal for a 50 percent reduction of CO2 emissions from UiO flights​". The goal of the petition was to encourage the University's rector and administration on all levels to promote initiatives that enable such reductions, as well as to encourage academics to act in ways that are responsible and sustainable in the face of global warming and environmental crisis.

About the event

The OSEH Environmental Lunchtime Discussion series consists of short, 10-15 minute presentations by invited guests, followed by a discussion. We will invite speakers from a wide variety of fields, both academic and beyond. The presentations are accessible and are aimed at anyone with an interest in environmental issues. All are welcome, please feel free to bring your own lunch. Coffee will be served.

Tags: Environmental Humanities, HF, IKOS, OSEH, Climate Change, Environment, Flightshame
Published June 4, 2019 3:31 PM - Last modified June 14, 2019 10:05 AM