In a time of tightening borders and heightened nationalism, ESEH stands behind universities and scholars who think beyond their borders. Our current global environmental problems cannot be addressed on a nation-‐by-‐nation level. Global climate change, natural resource allocation, toxic contamination, and environmental justice are just a few of the pressing issues that must be addressed on global scales. CEU has been one of the leading institutions in Central Europe for environmental history research, and it would be a detriment to us all to diminish CEU’s ability to cultivate environmental scholarship. We need global-‐facing universities that bring together the best scholars and students, no matter where they come from, to address our common challenges.
We urge the President of Hungary,as well as its Parliament and court systems, to reject attempts to curtail academic autonomy and freedom and instead support CEU as a global institution.