We pledge our support for Global Climate Strikes

Posted by rmt22 at Sep 09, 2019 12:53 PM |
The University of Leicester is supporting the Global Climate Strikes on 20 and 27 September.

The Global Climate Strikes, initiated by Swedish student Greta Thunberg, and the national strikes by College students in the UK are helping to make real change in this world by holding politicians to account for their lack of action on what is being called the climate crisis.

The University of Leicester was founded 100 years ago as a living memorial to those that gave their lives in WW1. Today that ethos of thinking globally and acting locally is more pertinent than ever and we are therefore supporting the International Climate Strikes.

We are offering our staff and students the chance to get involved on 20 September. There is a national 30 minute stoppage planned for midday on 20 September to raise awareness of climate change and the climate emergency. We are fully supportive of staff ‘striking’ between 12noon and 12.30pm (subject to essential services being maintained) and getting involved in events on campus or in the city.

Leicester was named the UK’s first environment city nearly 30 years ago in 1990 and local institutions and organisations are now continuing that legacy. We have been working with DMU to offer a number of activities that staff (20 September) and students (27 September as part of Freshers’ Week) can take part in and make a positive contribution to the environment. There is a city-wide event being held at the Clock Tower in Leicester City Centre at midday on the 20 September which is being supported by Leicester City Council.

What’s happening on campus?

On campus we will be running sustainability focused activities between 10am and 3pm. These include:

  • Hungry for Change allotment session for staff
  • A Sustainable Development Goals stall outside the Attenborough with interactive activities
  • WasteLeics Amnesty with crisp packet and stationery drop off
  • How bad are Bananas game (in CW if poor weather)
  • Our gardens team will be in Centenary Square making floral headdresses

It doesn’t stop there though as we will be running student-facing activities on Friday 27 September as part of Freshers’ Week. We’re proud to be partnering with De Montfort University to support the Climate Strikes.

University of Leicester working for a better world

The University of Leicester has a long history of sustainability and climate research, and in September 2017 we were one of the first UK universities to sign the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Accord. We were ranked 34th in the 2019 THE University Impact Rankings based on performance on Sustainable Development Goal 17, We have reduced emissions by 15% despite growing in size and were awarded the triple gold Carbon Saver Standard in carbon, waste and water reductions.

Our research is tackling sustainability and climate issues across a range of disciplines. Our students calculated how trees improve urban air quality, our own trees offsetting 6% of our total carbon footprint. This work informed government policy through the DEFRA Air Quality Expert Group which is chaired by one of our Professors, and we are also using Earth Observation to measure greenhouse gas exchange from space.

We are highly concerned about the ongoing environmental crisis in Brazil. Our Centre for Landscape and Climate Research is working on land cover and land use change in Brazil; mapping deforestation and forest degradation in Brazil; Estimating carbon stocks of the Cerrado; and looking at greenhouse gas emissions from forest fires. We are working with the campus unions to ensure that our food products are sustainably sourced and do not source food or materials which contribute to the environmental crisis in the Amazon.

Find out more about our Climate Strike activities here.

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