Declare a Climate Emergency at the University of Leeds

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Declare a Climate Emergency at the University of Leeds

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Simon Moore started this petition to University of Leeds

We, the staff, students and alumni of the University of Leeds, call on the University to declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ and take urgent action to help us avert climate breakdown.

Evidence from our own Priestley Centre researchers, who helped write the IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, shows that in order to avoid catastrophic climate change we must drastically reduce carbon emissions by 2030.

Following the report’s release, Sir David Attenborough said: "If we don't take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon."

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C is still possible but will require rapid, far-reaching, “transformational” changes without historical precedent in their scale. If we do not act now, the world as we know it will not be fit for us to work, study or live in.

Young people across the world, including our own students, understand the severity of the situation. They are rising up and striking for the climate in their thousands. Hundreds of Leeds staff and students will again join the Leeds Youth Strike for Climate on Friday 15th March, part of the Global Climate Strike for Future.

There is no better time to show leadership as an institution that prides itself on sustainability and its world-leading climate research.

We therefore call on the University of Leeds to unite behind its own science and:

  • declare a Climate Emergency;
  • work with staff and students to develop a Climate Emergency Plan to reduce the University’s carbon emissions and environmental footprint in line with a 1.5°C target;
  • work with its suppliers as well as partners from the private, public and third sectors to help them reduce their carbon emissions in line with a 1.5°C target;
  • support Leeds City Council in delivering a Climate Emergency Plan for the city;
  • lobby the Government to declare a Climate Emergency;
  • take ambitious steps to integrate awareness and action on climate change into both teaching and staff and student engagement.

We back Greta Thunberg and the young co-signatories to this letter in which they stated: “We are going to change the fate of humanity.” Please join us.

Petition initiated by: Prof Paul Chatterton, Margo Hanson, Prof Paul Routledge, Kate Lock, Alex Sobel MP, Steph Luckman, David Barns, Simon Moore, Natalie Dixon and Daniel Preston.

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