Ask Falmouth University to declare a Climate Emergency

Ask Falmouth University to declare a Climate Emergency

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Sarah Redman started this petition to Professor Anne Carlisle OBE, Vice Chancellor, Falmouth University

Dear Professor Carlisle
 
Declaring a climate emergency
 
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report published in 2018 states that we have only twelve years (now eleven) to take emergency action on climate change. If global temperatures rise by 1.5°C, humans will face unprecedented climate-related risks and weather events. We are currently on course for a 3°C rise in global temperatures, which will lead to the destruction of our environment and the death and displacement of millions of people.
 
Earlier this year, both Cornwall Council and Devon County Council declared a climate emergency. Similarly, both Newcastle University and the University of Bristol have declared climate emergencies, the latter following establishing a “strong link” between climate change anxiety and mental health issues experienced by students.
 
Falmouth University has a wealth of expertise within sustainability in the creative industries with several academics carrying out research in sustainable fashion, conservation communication and environmental and ecological art.
 
This interest in environmental sustainability is not just rooted within the University’s academic staff, but also its students. For instance, many students are studying subjects rooted in sustainability such as Marine and Natural History Photography, Sustainable Product Design and, from September 2020, Sustainable Tourism Management. In addition, within Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union (FXU), sustainability-related work has gained further momentum this academic year, with the establishment of a Green Committee, which aims to help promote and develop the sustainability agenda. Outside of the curriculum, FXU currently has fifteen affiliated activity groups whose aims relate to sustainability – equating to over 10% of all groups.
 
Universities have a key role in leading public debate on issues that affect the population.
 
The University’s 2030 Strategy includes a commitment to “seek out, utilise and share environmental best practice and look to drive transformational change wherever we can across the institution”.
 
Declaring a climate emergency will evidence that commitment.
 
Therefore, we, the undersigned, believe Falmouth University should:
1. Declare a Climate Emergency; and
2. Take proactive action on tackling climate change by committing to becoming carbon neutral by at least 2030.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Sarah Redman, FXU President Student Experience 2018-2020
Callie Edwards, FXU President Falmouth 2018-2020
Harry Bishop, FXU President Community & Welfare 2017-2019
 

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