The Australian Youth Climate Coalition

Open Letter to Flinders Uni - Keep Us Bjorn-Free

Open Letter to Flinders Uni - Keep Us Bjorn-Free

To Flinders University Vice Chancellor Colin Stirling and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Robert Saint,

 

6,238 signatures
Goal: 8,000 signatures

To Flinders University Vice Chancellor Colin Stirling and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Robert Saint,

We, the below signatories, object to controversial Danish academic Bjorn Lomborg being offered $4 million to set the Australian Consensus Centre at Flinders University. We are students, teachers, academics, alumni, and the general public. We are concerned that Flinders would consider such a reputationally risky and academically damaging appointment.

Lomborg’s “Consensus Centre” has already been kicked out of Denmark for its dangerous opinions that don’t align with scientific consensus . Flinders should learn from the decision of the University of Western Australia, where Lomborg was ousted because of his outdated views on climate change and record of poor academic integrity.

In a time when young people are attending university to equip themselves with the skills they need to make a positive impact on the world, there is no place for Lomborg’s backwards views at Flinders University.

This funding allocation sits outside of the competitive research grant process - an insult to students and researchers who are facing hefty cuts and job losses, doing important scientific research.

Lomborg's views are dangerous. He trumpets the same ideology as the fossil fuel lobby - that we can solve energy poverty with coal, that Pacific Islanders don't care about climate change, and that climate action should not be a priority for governments.

Bjorn Lomborg’s views on climate change, fossil fuels and economics are outdated and have been repeatedly discredited.

We will not stand by while ideologically motivated fossil-fuel industry mouthpieces are invited onto university campuses for political gain.  

In the name of science, academic integrity and a safe future, we are calling on the Vice Chancellor to reject the appointment of Bjørn Lomborg.

 

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