CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Faculty Senate and Associated Students of Oregon State University passed a joint resolution last month endorsing “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice,” an article published late last year by lead author Oregon State Professor William Ripple.
Ripple’s article, published in the journal Bioscience, documents changes in environmental factors over the last 25 years since a majority of living Nobel laureates in the sciences wrote the 1992 “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity.”
In the last 25 years, Ripple, a distinguished professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State, wrote that trends in nine environmental issues suggest that humanity is continuing to risk its future. However, the article also reports that progress has been made in addressing some trends during this time.
The article has been co-signed by more than 20,000 scientists from 184 countries.
Oregon State Faculty Senate President Jon Louis Dorbolo drafted and sponsored a resolution to endorse the article’s findings and “urge University leadership and all parts of the OSU community to advance dialogue, policies, and practices in accordance with the recommendations of that document.” The Faculty Senate passed the resolution on May 18.
Associated Students of Oregon State University Vice President Josh Kaufman and Speaker of the House Peter Halajian collaborated on editing the resolution and proposing it to their respective chambers. The ASOSU Senate passed the resolution on May 7. The ASOSU House passed the resolution on May 8.
The OSU resolution will be forwarded to other Pac-12 faculty senates for consideration and potential endorsement.
About the OSU College of Forestry: For a century, the College of Forestry has been a world class center of teaching, learning and research. It offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs in sustaining ecosystems, managing forests and manufacturing wood products; conducts basic and applied research on the nature and use of forests; and operates 14,000 acres of college forests.
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