Thousands of universities worldwide unite in joint statement to fight global warming
Monday, 15 July 2019
Thousands of universities from different continents have joined the fight against global warming.
In a jointly signed letter sent last week to the UN, they call for the UN to come up with an action plan which could also mobilise their students.
Under the title “Climate emergency”, the universities commit to become carbon neutral by 2030 or 2050 at the latest, while also devoting more resources to research and improving environmental education.
The initiators hope that more than 10,000 educational institutions will have joined the “Climate emergency” movement by the end of 2019.
“What we teach will shape the future,” the director of the United Nations Environment program Inger Anderson said in a statement in response to the letter, while speaking at a ministerial meeting at the UN headquarters in New York.
“Young people are becoming more and more proactive in calling for action against climate and environmental issues. Initiatives that let young people get directly involved in this important work are an enormous help,” she said.