Rutgers Honors College on Raritan River


Climate Grant Universities Could Mobilize Community Climate Action

With cues from the successful land grant model, the United States should establish a system of universities to democratize access to climate knowledge and aid efforts to tackle the climate crisis.

ROBERT E. KOPP / Eos – American democracy is in crisis. So too is the planetary climate. These crises are connected: America’s political dysfunction has both delayed the adoption of popular climate policies and fed a widespread sense that government is out of tune with the people. But lessons from the country’s past indicate how higher education could help address both crises.

During the gravest democratic crisis the United States has ever faced, President Abraham Lincoln’s Republican Party made major investments in science and higher education that served to strengthen democracy and advance rural development …