Higher and Further Education Institutions across the globe declare Climate Emergency

UN Environment | July 10, 2019

Today, networks representing more than 7,000 higher and further education institutions from 6 continents announced that they are declaring a Climate Emergency, and agreed to undertake a three-point plan to address the crisis through their work with students. The three-point plan includes: Committing to going carbon neutral by 2030 or 2050 at the very latest; Mobilizing more resources for action-oriented climate change research and skills creation; Increasing the delivery of environmental and sustainability education across curricula, campus and community outreach programmes. The letter, organised by The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education, known as  EAUC, the US-based higher education climate action organization, Second Nature, and UN Environment’s Youth and Education Alliance, marks the first time further and higher education establishments have come together to make a collective commitment to address the climate emergency. It will be shared with key Ministers meeting in New York today at the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative. Signed by universities including Strathmore University (Kenya), Tongji University (China), KEDGE Business School (France), University of Glasgow (UK), California State University (USA), Zayed University (UAE) and the University of Guadalajara (Mexico), the call is also backed by major global education networks such as the Global Alliance and the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative, which have made commitments to meeting the suggested carbon neutrality targets.

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STEM education has received a lot of attention in the United States over the last couple of decades, but it turns out implementing changes to curricula take time. Instructors have to be trained and put into place, which takes several years before the first students can be trained. The first group of students to have an emphasis on STEM education starting in elementary school are just beginning to graduate from high school.

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STEM education has received a lot of attention in the United States over the last couple of decades, but it turns out implementing changes to curricula take time. Instructors have to be trained and put into place, which takes several years before the first students can be trained. The first group of students to have an emphasis on STEM education starting in elementary school are just beginning to graduate from high school.

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