Published: Feb. 16, 2022

CU Boulder is a world leader in climate research, and the University Libraries have a vital role to play in empowering the global community to access research that can help humanity to mitigate and live with the impacts of a changing climate. 

That’s why the Libraries are thrilled to announce “Why We Did This,” a new podcast that explores access to climate research as a human right. Each month, Communications Specialist Claire Woodcock talks to CU Boulder climate researchers and learns why they chose to publish their work in the university’s institutional repository CU Scholar

“I am curious to learn what they hope to achieve by making their research available to everyone,’’ said Woodcock, the show’s host. “What is their vision for a better world?”

 Not only do the University Libraries believe that access to climate research should be collected and preserved, but it should also be open.

“International statements, like the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, explicitly name climate change as one of the key challenges that equitable open access to research will help address," Andrew Johnson, the Center for Data & Digital Scholarship’s Lead of Data and Scholarly Communication Services said. "We are committed to doing our part at the local level to achieve this goal through our partnerships with the amazing researchers at CU Boulder."

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The first episode of “Why We Did This” will feature Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Studies and Fellow in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) Max Boykoff, about him and his colleagues’ work with the Media and Climate Change Observatory (MeCCO). The episode will premiere Wednesday, February 23 on Apple Podcasts and other popular podcast streaming platforms. 

Listen to the trailer now 

The series will continue monthly through December when CU Boulder will host a major international human rights-focused climate change summit in partnership with UN Human Rights. The Right Here, Right Now Global Climate Summit will result in tangible policy commitments and actions that people from every walk of life can take to address this global threat that disproportionately affects the world’s most vulnerable people. 

The Libraries look forward to sharing the role of the research library to engage with the global community to navigate climate change in an information-empowered world.