UBC understands that the actions we take today, will affect human and environmental wellbeing for generations to come.
The news and events below provide a window into the broad range of climate emergency-related activities underway by UBC academic units, operational departments, community initiatives, and student groups.
UBC invites you to explore what’s happening, and join us in this vital work.
Santa Ono: At the University of British Columbia, we are committed to doing our part to address the climate crisis
January 13, 2022
Our province is still reeling from an unprecedented and deadly heat wave fuelled by climate change. Tragically, hundreds of people died from heat-related illnesses across the province, and the town of Lytton burned to the ground.
This op-ed article by UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Santa J. Ono and originally appeared in the Georgia Straight on Jan 12, 2022.
December 16, 2021
Dr. Naoko Ellis, a professor of chemical and biological engineering at UBC's faculty of applied science, discussed carbon capture, utilization and sequestration technology.
This article by Naoko Ellis, Professor in Chemical Engineering, University of British Columbia, originally appeared in The Conversation on December 15, 2021.
A new UBC modelling study suggests that the supply of farmed seafood such as salmon and mussels may drop 16 per cent globally by 2090 if no action is taken to mitigate climate change. Study authors Dr. Muhammed Oyinlola and Dr. William Cheung at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries were quoted.
This article by Bronwyn Beairsto, originally appeared in the Vancouver is Awesome on December 13, 2021.
December 8, 2021
The University of British Columbia has unveiled a bold new climate action plan to accelerate emissions reductions and achieve net-zero emissions by 2035 at its Vancouver campus—15 years ahead of the previous target date.
UBC has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 30 per cent since 2007. The new plan aims to get to net zero faster through a combination of measures.
Engagement and outreach activities to the UBC community will accelerate next year to support the changes needed to reach CAP 2030 goals – particularly those involving emissions from business air travel, commuting, food and waste.
December 7, 2021
November 28, 2021
The recent climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, shows that climate change deniers have shifted their tactics to thwart the efforts of countries to phase out fossil fuel use.
This article by David Tindall, Professor, Department of Sociology, UBC, originally appeared in The Conversation on November 18, 2021.
November 22, 2021
With BC on the frontlines of climate breakdown and fossil fuel extraction, how do we keep us safe? What justice-based plans will shift us into emergency footing?
Snap town hall event with speakers including: Anjali Appadurai, Avi Lewis Naomi Klein, Kanahus Manuel, Kai Nagata, Chief Ninawa Huni Kui.
Presented by CJUBC and the UBC Climate Hub.
November 12, 2021
We are now in a climate crisis, as has been declared in a number of political jurisdictions — such as the City of Vancouver — and organizations including the University of British Columbia.
The role of capitalism in addressing the problem is relevant because struggles over how to address climate change are based on differing evaluations of capitalism. There are many social justice issues important in this debate, but I will focus mostly on some environmental, and political considerations.
This article by David Tindall, Professor, Department of Sociology, UBC, originally appeared in the National Observer on November 11, 2021.
According to a research group, steel production is responsible for about 7% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The calls from COP26 have been clear: the world must stop burning coal if it hopes to avoid catastrophic global temperature rise. Dr. John Steen, a professor of mining engineering at UBC’s faculty of applied science, gave comments about clean hydrogen.
This article originally appeared in the CBC on November 12, 2021.
Canada has a quarter of world’s soil carbon. Keeping it in the ground could curb climate change, experts say
Canada has 384 billion tonnes carbon stored in peatland and other soils according to a new study. UBC forestry professor Dr. Suzanne Simard commented on a study that puts a spotlight on large soil carbon storage in terrestrial ecosystems of Canada. She said soil carbon faces several threats and this would, in turn, accelerate climate change.
This article by Inayat Singh, Alice Hopton originally appeared in the CBC on November 10, 2021.