The Petition Text

To Universities and Professional Associations

[Link to Background, Frequently Asked Questions, List of Academic Signatories, and page.]

  1. We petition universities and institutions of higher education: (a) to include all university-related flying (whether directly paid by the university or by others) in their environmental impact measurement and goal-setting; (b) to support and work to realize marked reductions in flying by faculty, staff, and students commensurate with the cuts suggested by climate science; (c) to establish and publish short- and medium-term benchmarks for reductions; and (d) to use their influence with professional associations to reduce reliance on flying for academic and research conferencing.
  2. We petition academic professional associations: (a) to measure and report the environmental impact of their conferences; (b) to radically reduce the amount of flying needed for conferencing; (c) to establish and publish short- and medium-term benchmarks for reductions; and (d) to work with university-based members to meet key professional objectives in ways that do not require flying and that are sustainable.

How You Can Help

Please endorse this petition through, share it through social media (Twitter: #flyingless and @flyingless), and bring it to the attention of your university and professional association. You can refer people to the URL We welcome support by all.

For members of university faculties, research institutes, and professional associations: In addition to endorsing the petition on, please email us separately at with your name and affiliation (for identification purposes only), so that we may include you in the public List of Academic Signatories. Please also send information to that email address with news of efforts to elicit support and endorsement from universities and professional associations.

8 thoughts on “The Petition Text

  1. Sure, this raises important questions. But also in the mix it’s worth thinking about academics’ daily commuting. It’s never been easier for academics in many disciplines to work effectively at home on at least some days, using modern telecommunnications. If you think of an academic with a 100km round-trip commute – by no means uncommon – then two days a week working at home saves about 10,000 km of emissions per year… Universities should also be pro-active about this.


  2. I’ll endorse this. It may help keep a lot of climate-alarmist among academics in their ivory towers and away from Washington where they go to get climate-alarm grants, to aid the politicians in mulcting more $$$ from taxpayers.


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