Celebrate 2022 International Open Access Week: Open for Climate Justice (October 24-30)!


George C. Gordon Library

“Open for Climate Justice” is the theme for this year’s 15th Annual International Open Access Week (October 24-30).  This year’s focus on Climate Justice seeks to encourage connection and collaboration among the climate movement and the international open community working to open up access to research.

“Climate Justice is an explicit acknowledgment that the climate crisis has far-reaching effects, and the impacts are “not be[ing] borne equally or fairly, between rich and poor, women and men, and older and younger generations,” as the UN notes. These power imbalances also affect communities’ abilities to produce, disseminate, and use knowledge around the climate crisis. Openness can create pathways to more equitable knowledge sharing and serve as a means to address the inequities that shape the impacts of climate change and our response to them.”  [https://www.openaccessweek.org/theme/en]

International Open Access Week is organized by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) in partnership with the Open Access Week Advisory Committee.

The official hashtag of Open Access Week is #OAweek.



Open for Climate Justice: To Solve the World’s Biggest Problems We Need the Knowledge About Them to Be Open

Monday, October 24, 2022: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

During this webinar, Dr. Monica Granados, the Climate Change Campaign Manager at Creative Commons, will give attendees an introduction to Open Access practices and she will highlight the importance of open access to finding solutions for mitigating climate change. Dr. Granados will also discuss OA practices faculty can discuss with their students as they approach publishing or presenting their work for the first time, and she will discuss how these ideas connect with environmental health and affect larger communities.

 To register: https://libcal.unm.edu/calendar/register/climatejustice


Learn Climate with Open MIT Resources

Tuesday, October 25, 2022: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Whether you are new to climate change, an experienced advocate, or a professional weaving climate into your work, MIT has free high-quality materials to deepen and expand your understanding about the climate, energy, and solutions. With a range of engaging introductions to complete in-depth open courses from MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative, OpenCourseWare and MITx, we’ll demonstrate how MIT supports students, teachers, professionals and lifelong learners with engaging and essential climate change knowledge.

* Sylvia Scharf: Climate Education Specialist, MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative
* Curt Newton: Director, MIT OpenCourseWare
* Dana Doyle: Director, MITx Program

 To register: https://mit.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYpcuqrrDIvHdOpqK2zEno4j2w5Bgp6gpqb



Panel with Penn State faculty on "Open for Climate Justice"

Tuesday, October 25, 2022: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The virtual panel, hosted by the Penn State University Libraries, will highlight how the following Penn State faculty panelists have engaged with open research and data throughout their research in ways that have had an impact on climate justice.
Climate Justice is a term and a movement that acknowledges that climate change has many adverse effects on the world and its people, and that these effects are not being “borne equally or fairly, between rich and poor, women and men, and older and younger generations,” according to the United Nations. Open Access Week is focusing on Climate Justice this year, because openness to climate research allows for more equitable knowledge sharing and may serve to help address the inequities that shape the impacts of climate change and our response to them.

Hester Blum, Department of English, College of the Liberal Arts
Eric Crandall, Department of Biology, Eberly College of Science
Roberto Fernández, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
Helen Greatrex, Department of Geography, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and Department of Statistics, Eberly College of Science
Margarita López-Uribe, Department of Entomology, College of Agricultural Sciences
Mark Sentesy, Departments of Philosophy and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, College of the Liberal Arts

 To register: https://psu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_k-pxd-QOQqe5nza9282i9g