Universities and Colleges for the Climate Summit

16-07-2019 sdgaccord.org 18 min #159258


In advance of the  Secretary General's Climate Summit on September 23, networks and institutions working in Further and Higher Education are coming together to add their support to this letter that would be shared with key government officials and the media in advance of this event.

The aim is to get as many networks and institutions as possible on board in order to showcase the commitments towards the attainment of SDG 4 (Education) and 13 (Climate Change).

As at 11th July 2019, 25 networks have already agreed to support this letter, including the  Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI),  Global Alliance,  EAUC - The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education and  Second Nature. They represent more than 7000 institutions. Additionally, 58 institutions have individually signed up to it.

Who can sign: Ideally, the president or chancellor of respective institutions will sign on to this letter on behalf of the institution. However, if an institution has already committed to the actions outlined below via previous agreements, any faculty or staff member of the institution can sign on to reiterate its pre-existing commitment. If you have any questions regarding who can sign on to this letter, please [[info@eauc.org.uk?subject=Climate] Letter Query]. Networks that represent higher and further education institutions can also sign on to the letter.

Deadline: The current deadline for signing on to this letter is August 1st 2019. If you are ready to add your network or institution to this letter, then please sign on to this letter via this form which will take no more than 2 minutes to complete.

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Climate Emergency Letter

As institutions and networks of higher and further education from across the world, we collectively declare a Climate Emergency in recognition of the need for a drastic societal shift to combat the growing threat of climate change.

The young minds that are shaped by our institutions must be equipped with the knowledge, skills and capability to respond to the ever-growing challenges of climate change. We all need to work together to nurture a habitable planet for future generations and to play our part in building a greener and cleaner future for all.

We are today committing to collectively step up to the challenge by supporting a three-point plan which includes:

  1. Mobilizing more resources for action-oriented climate change research and skills creation;
  2. Committing to going carbon neutral by 2030 or 2050 at the very latest;
  3. Increasing the delivery of environmental and sustainability education across curriculum, campus and community outreach programmes.

We call on governments and other education institutions to join us in declaring a Climate Emergency and back this up with actions that will help create a better future for both people and our planet.

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Current representation:

74 institutions representing approx. 865,000 students 31 networks representing approx. 7500 institutions

Signed by Networks

  1.  Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI)
  2.  Global Alliance
  3.  EAUC - The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education
  4.  Second Nature
  5.  YEA! Network
  6.  Caribbean Youth Environment Network
  7.  Campus Responsables
  8.  Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative - GRLI
  9.  COPERNICUS Alliance (CA)
  10.  U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
  11.  Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
  12.  NSCN, Nordic Sustainable Campus Network
  13.  National Union of Students UK
  14.  Students Organising for Sustaniability (SOS) - UK
  15.  Intentional Endowments Network
  16.  WEEC Network - World Environmental Education Network
  17.  Society for Environment and Sustainable Development
  18.  ARIUSA
  19.  Red Ambiental de Universidades Sostenibles-RAUS
  20.  UK & Ireland UN PRME Regional Network
  21.  Green-Campus Programme
  22.  Maynooth Green Campus
  23.  China Green University Network (CGUN)
  24.  Asian Sustainable Campus Network (ASCN)
  25.  CAS-Net JAPAN
  26.  Red Colombiana de Formación Ambiental RCFA
  27.  Red Ambiental Interuniversitaria - Interuniversia Perú (RAI)
  28.  Morgen
  29.  APERAU
  30.  Red Cientifica Internacional del Campo Unificado de la Educación -REDCICUE
  31.  Pacto Universitario Frente al Cambio Climático

Signed by Institutions

  1. Tongji University, China
  2. Bridgend College, UK
  3. Strathmore University, Kenya
  4. Zayed University, UAE
  5. University of Glasgow, UK
  6. University of Bristol, UK
  7. Centro Regional de Geomatica - CeReGo, Argentina
  8. Women in Energy & Environment at MENA region, Kuwait
  9. Grenoble Ecole de Management, France
  10. EDC Paris Business School, France
  11. Excelia Group La Rochelle Business School, France
  12. Kedge Business School, France
  13. ICN Business School, France
  14. University of the West of England Bristol, UK
  15. Toulouse INP - ENSAT, France
  16. University of Winchester, UK
  17. Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille, France
  18. Sierra Nevada College, USA
  19. Southern Connecticut State University, USA
  20. TERI School of Advanced Studies, India
  21. College of Saint Benedict, USA
  22. California State University, Monterey Bay, USA
  23. Umma University, Kenya
  24. TU Dortmund University, Germany
  25. Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia
  26. Bayero University Kano, Nigeria
  27. Universidad Central de Venezuela, Venezuela
  28. University of Guadalajara, Mexico
  29. California State University, USA
  30. Geography and Environmental Science Department, University of Calabar, Nigeria
  31. Dar Al Uloom University, Saudi Arabia/Riyadh
  32. King's College London, UK
  33. Foundation for Environmental Education - EcoCampus programme, Denmark
  34. Kinsale College, Ireland
  35. Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda
  36. Universidad Biblica de las Americas, Puerto Rico
  37. Universidad Politecnica Cristiana, Puerto Rico
  38. Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán, Honduras
  39. Busheny Core Primary Teachers' College, Uganda
  40. Kibuli Core Primary Teachers' College, Uganda
  41. NUI Galway, Galway
  42. Shimoni Core PTC, Uganda
  43. Health Service Executive (Cork University Hospital), Ireland
  44. Universidad Nacional de Ciencias Forestales, Honduras
  45. Universidad Pedagogica Experimental Libertador, Venezuela
  46. Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza, Costa Rica
  47. Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
  48. Technological University Dubliln, Ireland
  49. Bishop Stuart Core P.T.C, Uganda
  50. University of 17 Agustus 1945 (UNTAG) of Surabaya, Indonesia
  51. Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico
  52. Columbus University,Panama
  53. Unidades Tecnológicas de Santander, Colombia
  54. Universidad Politécnica de Honduras, Honduras
  55. Universidad Libre Colombia, Colombia
  56. Universidad del Istmo, Panama
  57. Vatel Mauritius, Mauritius
  58. Universidad Metropolitana de Honduras, Honduras
  59. University of Granada, Spain
  60. University of Valencia, Spain
  61. Earth University, Costa Rica
  62. Federal University of Para, Brazil
  63. ISAE Universidad, Panama
  64. African Network for Sustainable Development Education -ANSDE, Cameroon
  65. Independent University, Bangladesh
  66. University of California, Irvine, USA
  67. Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá (UTP, Panama
  68. Comteq Computer and Business College, Philippines
  69. Department of Land Resources, Chinese Culture University, Taiwan
  70. Goddard College, USA
  71. Stockholm University, Sweden
  72. Universidad Ean, Colombia
  73. Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas y Ambientales, U.D.C.A, Colombia
  74. Faculty ITC, University Twente, Netherlands

Please note that it can take 1-2 business days for the signatory list to be updated.