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Table 2 Mexico City Declaration on Carbon Management Education

From: Responsibility, opportunity, and vision for higher education in urban and regional carbon management

Whereas, the carbon-climate-human cycle presents a major challenge for all sectors of society and all places in the world, now and in the future;
Whereas, the complexity of the carbon-climate-human cycle is extremely high and requires the combination and integration of many relevant scientific disciplines and management perspectives in higher education;
Whereas, adaptation and mitigation of climate change impacts will require a new type of expertise and citizens knowledgeable about the carbon-climate-human cycle;
Whereas, the Amsterdam Declaration of 2001 called for an ethical framework for global stewardship and strategies for Earth System management, and a new system of global environmental science known as Earth Systems Science;
Whereas, our institutions of higher education are responsible for providing tomorrow's leaders with the training in "earth system science," and
Whereas, most institutions of higher education have been organized in a manner that does not foster research and training on the carbon-climate-human cycle nor facilitates the types of exchanges among faculty or across faculty and students from around the world;
Therefore, we call for programmatic innovations in institutions of higher education in their reward structures such that they facilitate and promote transdisciplinary carbon management research and education for global environmental citizenship and ethical leadership that includes:
• Increased opportunities for transdisciplinary symposia and seminars on the carbon-climate-human cycle;
• Alteration of tenure criteria that is narrowly discipline-based to one that is truly open to and encouraging of interdisciplinarity;
• Change in university accounting methods away from those that encourage turf protection which in turns discourages interdisciplinarity;
• The encouragement of integrative goal-based case study team-work for students where transdisciplinarity becomes evident in the field with immediate and transparent educational return;
• A drastic overhaul of cross-cultural educational opportunities that support the exchange of students across cultural, developmental, and geographical contexts;
• The strengthening and further development of Earth System Science and cross-cultural opportunities by all national academies of science and national funding institutions;
• Support for urban and regional carbon management projects by national academies of sciences and national research funding agencies.
• Active support for scientific publications in developing nations in SCI journals and the on-line journal of Carbon Balance and Management (CBM).
Drafted on September 7, 2006 at the Special Session on "Responsibility, Opportunity, and Vision for Higher Education in Urban and Regional Carbon Management" at the First International Conference on Carbon Management at Urban and Regional Levels: Connecting Development Decisions to Global Issues (Global Carbon Project), Mexico City, Mexico.