Dear Head of department | school | faculty

This is a letter that you can use as an introduction to Climate 101 for the head of your university department. You can email it or print it and send it by post.

Many university courses, especially Earth Sciences, Physics and Biology/ Ecology, already include climate change in their curriculum. If you are writing a letter to the head of university department that already teaches climate you will need to use a different letter.

Students of Earth Sciences or Physics or Ecology study the science of climate change. We think that all students should learn about climate change. This requires some creative thinking which is outlined on our page about embedding climate change.

This letter has four sections:

  1. Who you are (people)
  2. The big idea of Climate 101 (inspiration)
  3. The desired outcome (results)
  4. Request a meeting (process)

When you edit the letter you should make sure that each of these sections is still included.

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Dear Professor NNNNN

We are a group of students currently enrolled at the University studying in the [Department | Faculty | School name]. We have recently started a university wide campaign called Climate 101.

Climate 101 calls on universities around the world to include climate change in the curriculum of every degree course. We realise this is will take time, energy and lots of intellectual effort. If we are to be considered fully educated university graduates all of us need to have at least a basic understanding of climate change and how it is transforming the world.

We very much appreciate the efforts that the university is making to be more environmentally sustainable and to reduce carbon emissions. However, the most important thing you can do for us is to teach us about climate change.

With knowledge and understanding of climate change we can work on how to mitigate the effects and adapt our communities to climate change.

Learning about the ethical, moral, philosophical and political challenges associated with climate change is as important to us as understanding the physics, chemistry and statistics. We believe that climate change can and should be integrated into the courses we take in the [Department | Faculty | School name].

We have some ideas about what a Climate 101 course or module might include and how to embed it into the [Department | Faculty | School] curriculum – for example:

  • We think that it is essential that courses on climate change include assessments that award academic credits that contribute to final degrees.
  • We want you to appoint the best and most creative academics to the design and delivery of this curriculum.
  • We believe that it is essential for every first year student to study climate change.
  • [give a subject specific example of how climate might be integrated into the curriculum].

Eventually we hope that Climate 101 will help develop a generation of educated citizens, alumni of the university, who can participate effectively in our society, become innovative, compassionate leaders and climate change problem solvers.

We would very much like to come and discuss these ideas and how to implement them with you as soon as possible.

Yours Sincerely,