There is now an urgent need for us to come together to address the destructive and diverse impacts of climate change.
The challenges of climate change and environmental sustainability are complex, and require a multi-disciplinary response. We need to protect our natural environment and ecosystems from decline. We need to prepare our infrastructure for climate disruption. We need to help our communities deal with disaster vulnerability and recovery. And we need to start working towards a cleaner and more sustainable economy.
UNSW is playing a leading role in the global movement to address climate change. Across a range of projects, we are uncovering new evidence, influencing public debate, and generating real solutions, in collaboration with government and industry.
By donating to our work, you will be making a tangible contribution to much-needed change.
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UNSW Sm@rt Centre
Australia currently sends 40 per cent of its waste to landfill. Amid the debris are valuable materials that have the potential to be transformed into brand new products.
Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla heads a team at the UNSW SM@RT Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology. The Professor and her team believe passionately in the idea of ‘mining’ our overburdened landfills and reclaiming the wealth of materials like carbon, silica and that lie embedded in our waste. Right now, they're working closely with industry partners to develop processes and technologies that will direct some of the world's most challenging waste streams away from landfill and back into production.
By contributing to the work of the UNSW Sm@rt Centre, you will be helping to revolutionise recycling, reinvent the global supply chain, and set us up for a more sustainable future.
Climate Change Research Centre
The world is currently experiencing the monumental impacts of climate change. Despite this, leaders around the world remain reluctant to take action. Some claim to require more evidence of the links between human behaviour and extreme weather events.
The Climate Change Resource Centre is a multi-disciplinary research centre with expertise in atmospheric, oceanic and terrestrial processes. We use basic scientific principles to provide clear answers to questions about climate dynamics, global climate change, and extremes of weather and climate.
Your support of the Climate Change Resource Centre will help us raise the global profile of climate science and ensure that decision-makers everywhere have access to the evidence.
UNSW Centre for Bushfire Dynamics, Simulation and Modelling
The 2019-2020 bushfire season has been the worst on record. Communities around the country are reeling from the devastating impact of the fires. Hundreds of millions of animals have been killed. Ecosystems have been decimated.
Building on our strengths in science and climate change research, UNSW Canberra is establishing the Centre for Bushfire Dynamics, Simulation and Modelling. The Centre will be a world-leading hub of fire behaviour research. Our researchers will use their expertise in predictive modelling and urban design to mitigate future bushfire risks in Australia, and around the world.
With your support, the Centre will generate vital new knowledge, and innovations in policy and practice, to halt the increasing threat of extreme fire behaviour.
Sydney Institute for Marine Sciences
Climate change and urbanisation are threatening our coastal sustainability. The UNSW Sydney Institute for Marine Sciences is a world-leading marine science institute. Our focus is on developing evidence-based solutions to protect the health of the marine environment in the face of those new challenges.
Your support will enable us to deepen our understanding of the marine environment and explore new approaches to conservation, management, and community engagement.
Wild Deserts Project
Australia has lost around 30 species to extinction since European colonisation, largely due to feral predators. A project run by UNSW is now transforming part of Sturt National Park into a refuge for endangered and threatened native mammals.
Your contribution will help us fence off a large area of wilderness, keeping out feral predators as we reintroduce seven locally extinct mammals.
With your support, we hope the greater bilby, western barred bandicoot, golden bandicoot, greater stick-nest rat, burrowing bettong, crest-tailed mulgara and the western quoll will soon be thriving again.
Global Water Institute
Clean water is essential for all life on our planet, yet global water issues have never been so prominent, and the demand for solutions has never been so high.
The UNSW Global Water Institute is a world leader in water research, innovation and problem-solving. Drawing on water expertise from seven faculties and 13 specialist centres across the University, we have created the nation’s most advanced water-knowledge hub.
Your support of our programs will generate life-giving impacts. With your help, we can improve access to clean water the world over, create more efficient irrigation solutions to meet the growing demands on food production, form better responses to the effects of climate change, and develop a greater understanding of how to conserve and protect our aquatic environments.