Climate Emergency

The climate emergency is one of the most pressing issues of our time. At this pivotal moment, the decisions and actions we take today will reverberate beyond our own borders and lifetimes.

UBC’s Climate Emergency Declaration in 2019 was followed by engagement with over 3,900 students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members. The resulting Climate Emergency Task Force (CETF) report includes significant new commitments and accelerated activities to achieve full divestment, meet our carbon zero goal by 2050, and support climate leadership and initiatives led by Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour.
The report was endorsed in principle by the UBC Board of Governors in February 2021, and in March the UBC Sustainability Initiative commenced the role of convening and coordinating implementation.

News and Events

Nov 25: Climate Emergency Town Hall

Snap town hall event with speakers including: Anjali Appadurai, Avi Lewis Naomi Klein, Kanahus Manuel, Kai Nagata, Chief Ninawa Huni Kui.

How engineered bacteria could clean up oil sands pollution and mining waste

The environment is indeed in grave health and urgent action is desperately needed. But there is genuine optimism that solutions to some of the largest environmental challenges may finally be at hand.

Hold that flight: medical student’s residency interviews equal 1/3 of a Canadian’s annual carbon budget

Like thousands of other medical students in Canada, Kevin Liang had no idea he would be asked to take more than 10 flights during his last year for in-person residency interviews.

Young people like Greta Thunberg will ensure climate activism is here to stay

This article by David Tindall, Professor, Department of Sociology, UBC, originally appeared in the National Observer on November 9, 2021.

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Progress

Demonstrate institutional leadership on climate justice

In order to undo the systems of oppression that enable exploitation, UBC is working to acknowledge and reckon with its own role in contributing to the climate crisis, while leveraging its intellectual and moral authority as well as its social and financial procurement power to advance climate justice in other organizations and advocate for broader social change beyond its institutional boundaries.

Expand, strengthen and coordinate climate research at UBC

UBC can address the climate crisis within and across wide-ranging disciplines. Climate researchers at UBC are making considerable contributions, and UBC is investing in further developing the capacity of faculty members, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and a new focal point for climate research.

Foster a culture of engagement and advocacy on climate action

To succeed in fostering this culture, UBC’s community members must be equipped with the tools, resources and support needed to flourish. While engagement must be wide-reaching, it must also come with the recognition that particular emphasis, time and resources must be allocated to engaging systemically marginalized communities.

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Resources

Writing the Land

Musqueam elder Larry Grant shares his experience rediscovering his language and traditions on territory where the Musqueam people have lived for thousands of years.

Indigenous Climate Action Pod

Part of Amplifying Voices led by Indigenous Climate Action, episodes build on the Indigenous rights movement and create a space for connection between Indigenous Peoples.

Facing Human Wrongs (UBC)

Addressing the complexities and paradoxes of mainstream approaches to global challenges, students are offered an alternative to problem-solving approaches premised on seeking immediate solutions.

The disarming case to act right now on climate change

Greta Thunberg explains why, in August 2018, she walked out of school and organized a strike to raise awareness of global warming, protesting outside the Swedish parliament and grabbing the world’s attention.

Part I: All of US or None of US

Activists share their experiences and insights on environmentalism within the Black population in Vancouver.

Climate Justice UBC (UBC C350)

A community of students at UBC offering workshops and webinars on topics related to climate justice in their fight for Indigenous sovereignty, migrant justice, good work, and a green new deal.

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