News and Events

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.


Why carbon capture and storage is key to avoiding the worst effects of the climate emergency

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.

Lowering emissions, plant-based diets needed to prevent farmed seafood declines

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.

UBC Commits to Net Zero Emissions by 2035

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.

UBC Student Climate Research Slamposium Recap

December 7, 2021

What do you get when you mix a lineup of informative presentations with creative, energy-driven flare? A Slamposium. UBC’s first ever Student Research Climate Slamposium was initiated and led by the UBC Sustainability Initiative and Climate Hub @ UBC, in partnership with UBC Campus and Community Planning and UBC Center for Community Engaged Learning on October 15, 2021, following a […]

Climate change denial 2.0 was on full display at COP26, but there was also pushback

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.

Nov 25: Climate Emergency Town Hall

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.

Capitalism needs a redo

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.

When will steel go green? How B.C. coal fuels one of the highest emitting industries in the world

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.

Scientists urge COP26 not to sideline fishery issues

Dr. Rashid Sumaila, a professor at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and the school of public policy and global affairs at UBC, was quoted about the importance of healthy fisheries.

This article originally appeared in the UnderCurrent on November 10, 2021.