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The UWI’s Professor Michael Taylor among expert contributors to Greta Thunberg’s Climate Book

For Release Upon Receipt - April 19, 2022


Professor Michael Taylor

The UWI Regional Headquarters, Tuesday, April 19, 2022—Climate Expert and Scientist at The University of the West Indies, Professor Michael Taylor is a contributor to Greta Thunberg’s soon to be published Climate Book. Professor Taylor, current Head of the Climate Studies Group at the Mona Campus and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology was invited to submit a contribution on sea level rise and small islands. Professor Taylor, a globally recognised Climate Expert, has for decades focused research on regional Climate Modelling, Caribbean Climate Variability and Caribbean Climate Dynamics. He has also consistently represented the Caribbean region at the global level on Climate Change issues. 

Thunberg’s Climate Book seeks to provide a “global overview of how the planet’s many crises connect”. At the official launch of the book on March 31, Thunberg disclosed that the book will be based on “current best available science – a book that covers the climate, ecological and sustainability crises holistically”. She further added, “Because the climate crisis is, of course, only a symptom of a much larger sustainability crisis, my hope is that this book might be some kind of go-to source for understanding these different, closely interconnected crises.” 

Professor Taylor joins over one hundred contributors, among them, scientists, economists and novelists, to the book, which also features Thunberg’s climate activism experiences. Commenting on his featured expertise in the publication, Professor Taylor noted that he hopes his contribution will help bring attention to how climate change is impacting the day to day lives of people who live in small island states. 

Named the Times 2019 Person of the Year, Thunberg started her climate activism as a 15-year-old, mobilising young students globally in ‘school strikes’ and ‘Fridays for Future’ protests against the Climate Crisis, inspiring millions of young people globally to rally for action to save ‘planet earth’. The Climate Book published by Penguin Publishers is Thunberg’s fourth publication, but represents her most comprehensive work to galvanize ideas and knowledge from experts to drive sustainable solutions. The book is scheduled to be released in October, with a USA release planned for early 2023. 



About The UWI

The UWI has been and continues to be a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of people across the region. 

From a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948, The UWI is today an internationally respected, global university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and its Open Campus, and 10 global centres in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe

The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, and Sport. As the Caribbean’s leading university, it possesses the largest pool of Caribbean intellect and expertise committed to confronting the critical issues of our region and wider world. 

The UWI has been consistently ranked among the top universities globally by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education (THE). In the latest World University Rankings 2022, released in September 2021, The UWI moved up an impressive 94 places from last year. In the current global field of some 30,000 universities and elite research institutes, The UWI stands among the top 1.5%. 

The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists since its debut in the rankings in 2018. In addition to its leading position in the Caribbean, it is also in the top 20 for Latin America and the Caribbean and the top 100 global Golden Age universities (between 50 and 80 years old).  The UWI is also featured among the leading universities on THE’s Impact Rankings for its response to the world’s biggest concerns, outlined in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Good Health and Wellbeing; Gender Equality and Climate Action. 

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(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)