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The role of publishing initiatives in promoting climate justice: An interview with Rachel Martin, Global Director of Sustainability, Elsevier

International Open Access Week 2022, celebrated in October, was based on the theme Open for Climate Justice. In this interview, Rachel Martin, Global Director of Sustainability at Elsevier, shares with Mriganka Awati, Senior Writer, Editage Insights, her opinions on how publishing initiatives can contribute toward mitigating the effects of climate change—including through open access publishing.

Rachel talks about the need for existing research on climate change to reach the hands of those can actually apply it, in the form of policies, technologies, etc. She explores how open access and, more broadly, the open science movement, can make climate research findings more widely known, and also emphasizes the need to listen to and understand the perspectives of diverse voices, especially those from minority communities and the Global South.

Watch the video to hear her talk about the importance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals for the publisher community; how research accessible can be made accessible to stakeholders, especially policymakers; and why interdisciplinary collaboration is particularly important for climate research.

More about Rachel Martin

Rachel Martin is the Global Director of Sustainability at Elsevier, where she is driving transformational change in the priority areas of sustainability with a focus on climate action. In 2020, she launched the Elsevier report The Power of Data to Advance the SDGs. Rachel is also part of the team that launched the UN Sustainable Development Goals Publishers Compact. She recently co-founded the Publishing 2030 Accelerator to help drive climate action in the publishing industry. She represents Elsevier on several industry sustainability committees. She is based in Amsterdam.

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