This Earth Day, 22 April, we are being urged to take up arms against the climate crisis and ‘Invest in Our Planet’ together. This year’s theme highlights the need for urgent action to address the climate crisis and create sustainable, green economies for everyone. 

Earth Day 2023 aims to unite every sector of society—governments, businesses, institutions and citizens alike—in collective action against the climate emergency, calling for us to ‘act (boldly), innovate (broadly), and implement (equitably)’ to restore our planet’s health. 

Deeply committed to the wellbeing of the Earth and those who call it home, sustainability and social justice have been at the heart of Griffith’s values since its inception in 1975. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are embedded in our Strategic Plan, articulate these values and are seen by Griffith as fundamental to building a healthy, prosperous, and equitable future for all.  

One of the ways in which Griffith targets SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts is through interdisciplinary research and collaboration with industry, government and the community on key climate action initiatives. A longstanding leader in climate research, Griffith ranked fourth globally for publications on climate change adaptation in 2021. The following is just a small sample of our world-class open access research on the topic held in Griffith Research Online: 

Can public awareness, knowledge and engagement improve climate change adaptation policies? 

Burning forest biomass for energy: Not a source of clean energy and harmful to forest ecosystem integrity 

The role of climate change risk perception, response efficacy, and psychological adaptation in pro-environmental behavior: A two nation study  

Harnessing the temporal and projective attributes of human agency to promote anticipatory climate change adaptation 

Visually Communicating Climate Change Adaptation to Children is Serious Fun! 

Visit Griffith Research Online to discover more climate research. 

Read some of our other Library Connect blogs to discover ways in which you can have an impact this Earth Day: 

GRO Highlights: Reducing the Environmental Impact of the Plastics in your Clothes 

Recycle at the Library! 

Reducing energy consumption 

World Energy Conservation Day. 

Griffith University supports the Sustainable Development Goals.

Find out more about the Sustainable Development Goals.