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62 LSE academics sign letter in support of student climate strike action

Oliver Wheeler

Sixty-two faculty members of the London School of Economics have signed an academic statement in solidarity with the “LSE Strike for Climate Justice” which is due to take place on Friday 15 March.

The statement reads as follows:

“As LSE academics, we seek to understand and explain the causes of events on the world stage. But we also recognise that explanation does little if not acted upon. Today we watch as the world slides, seemingly inexorably, towards climate tragedy.

The causes of this tragedy have been identified. An uncontrolled global market, highly reliant on non-renewable energy sources, has allowed the pollution and degradation of our environment, externalising costs and shifting them disproportionately onto those already most vulnerable.

The world’s governments have failed to act in response. Policy-makers have entered into a Faustian pact: catastrophe in the long-term in exchange for economic growth in the short-term. This won’t change until their incentives do. We need an international mass movement to upend the power structures that allow such dangerous inaction to go unchallenged.

As such, we support the LSE Climate Strike, and striking school children across the world, who have left their classrooms and taken to streets as part of the Youth/School Strike 4 Climate. Faced with the prospect of living in a far more precarious world, and already witnessing the impacts climate change, young people realise that they are the ones who will bear the price for the inaction of today.

We unite across disciplines, generations, and nations to protest governmental refusal to make climate justice a priority.

We stand in solidarity with the LSE Climate Strike and the wider Youth Strike 4 Climate movement.”

Signed,

Anne Phillips

Professor

Department of Government

David Graeber

Professor

Department of Anthropology

Katy Gardner

Professor; Head of Department

Department of Anthropology

Stephen Jenkins

Professor; Head of Department

Department of Social Policy

Andrea Enrico Pia

Assistant Professor

Department of Anthropology

Catherine Allerton

Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology

Chloe Nahum-Claudel

Leverhulme Trust early career fellow

Department of Anthropology

Ben Groom

Professor

Department of Geography and Environment

Conor Gearty

Professor

Department of Law

Katerina Dalacoura

Associate Professor

Department of International Relations

Deborah James

Professor

Department of Anthropology

Rita Astuti

Professor

Department of Anthropology

Fenella Cannell

Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology

Clara Devlieger

Assistant Professor

Department of Anthropology

Gisa Weszkalnys

Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology

Portia Roelofs

LSE Fellow

Department of International Development

Jordi Blanes Vidal

Associate Professor

Department of Management

Julia Corwin

Assistant Professor

Department of Geography and Environment

Michal Nachmany

Policy Officer

Grantham Research Institute

John Hills

Professor

Department of Social Policy

Tania Burchardt

Associate Professor

Department of Social Policy

Kate Summers

LSE Fellow

Department of Methodology

Ian Gough

Visiting Professor

The Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion

Rebecca Elliot

Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology

Elliot Green

Associate Professor

Department of International Development

Tiziana Leone

Associate Professor

Department of International Development

Ernestina Coast

Professor

Department of International Development

Alessandra Radicati

LSE Fellow

Department of International Development

Moritz Schmoll

LSE Fellow

Department of International Development

Robert Wade

Professor

Department of International Development

Sandra Sequeira

Associate Professor

Department of International Development

Kathryn Hochstetler

Professor

Department of International Development

Sara Hobolt

Professor

Department of Government

Miriam Sorace

LSE Fellow

European Institute

Tinghua Yu

LSE Fellow

Department of Government

Bill Kissane

Associate Professor

Department of Government

Rafael Hortala-Vallve

Associate Professor

Department of Government

Jonathan Hopkin

Associate Professor

Department of Government

Signy Gutnick-Allen

LSE Fellow

Department of Government

Eiko Thielemann

Associate Professor

Department of Government

Ryan Centner

Assistant Professor

Department of Geography and Environment

Murray Low

Associate Professor

Department of Geography and Environment

Alan Mace

Associate Professor

Department of Geography and Environment

Susanne Frick

LSE Fellow

Department of Geography and Environment

Michael McQuarrie

Associate Professor

Department of Geography and Environment

Jeremy Brice

LSE Fellow

Department of Sociology

Fabien Accominotti

Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology

Fran Tonkiss

Professor

Department of Sociology

Ursula Henz

Associate Professor

Department of Sociology

Alnoor Bhimani

Professor

Department of Accounting

Henry Eyring

Assistant Professor

Department of Accounting

David Lewis

Professor

Department of Social Policy

Amanda Sheely

Assistant Professor

Department of Social Policy

Isabel Shutes

Assistant Professor

Department of Social Policy

George Gaskell

Professor

Department of Methodology

Ranjit Lall

Assistant Professor

Department of International Relations

Stephen Haggard

Susan Strange Visiting Professor

Department of International Relations

Leticia Sabsay

Assistant Professor

Department of Gender Studies

Jacob Breslow

LSE Fellow

Department of Gender Studies

Ania Plomein

Assistant Professor

Department of Gender Studies

Anouk Patel-Campillo

Assistant Professor

Department of Gender Studies

Michael Mason

Associate Professor

Department of Geography and Environment