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Bjorn is back.

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Bjorn is back.

After being ousted from the University of Western Australia by concerned students, teachers and academics, now he’s looking to Flinders University, South Australia to set up shop. Bad news.

Have you heard of Bjorn Lomborg? He’s the controversial Danish academic with incredibly concerning views on climate change. Now, Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne are spending 4 million dollars of taxpayers money on bringing him to an Australian university.

After being ousted from the University of Western Australia by concerned students, teachers and academics, he’s looking to my university,  Flinders, to set up shop. When it happened, I was mad. 

Why is he bad news, you ask?

  • While he believes climate change is man-made, he doesn’t think it’s a big deal.

  • He agrees with the coal industry that coal will bring people out of poverty, despite evidence provided by Oxfam in a report this week.

  • He thinks we should invest in whitening clouds to geoengineer ourselves out of the climate crisis.

  • He tells people that the “small cost” of losing the Pacific Islands is incomparable to other human disasters.

There is no other word to describe his work than insulting. It’s insulting to the people who are feeling the impacts of climate change every day, it’s insulting to the young people who are fighting for their future, it’s insulting to the scientists and academics who are dedicating their lives to climate science and solutions, and it’s insulting to the most marginalised in the world to ignore the fact that climate change makes poverty worse.

Tell Flinders University to turn away Lomborg’s Consensus Centre funding by signing this open letter today.

If you're at Flinders, you can head along to an action organised by students and teachers, to find out more click here

This move by the federal government to spend $4million dollars on this outdated contrarian, whilst simultaneously waging an all-out war on renewables, is a display of contempt for young people and future generations. Here at the AYCC we represent thousands of young people who are fighting day-in, day-out to create a better world. The last thing we need is for Lomborg's toxic ideas to feed our political debate. 

Students and teachers are up in arms. Consulation with the Flinders community has begun, but if we can show the Vice Chancellor just how controversial this appointment would be, with thousands of signatures on this open letter, we can make another Australian university Bjorn-free.

Bjorn Lomborg’s views on climate change, fossil fuels and economics are outdated and have repeatedly been discredited. He was even kicked out of Copenhagen for his lack of academic integrity. Taxpayer money should not be spent funding a centre that could delay climate action; rather it should continue to be spent on funding world-class research that scientifically assesses both the impacts and solutions to climate change.

As young people, many of us go to university to learn how to make the world a better place - Bjorn threatens this with his views on climate action and fossil fuels.

Sign on the open letter today and Flinders University students will deliver it to the Vice Chancellor’s office on your behalf.

If you're at Flinders, you can head along to an action organised by students and teachers, to find out more click here

Together we can keep our universities Bjorn-free!

Kelly, 
Communications Director and Flinders Uni Alumni

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