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Spring Referenda 2019

Should the Students' Union acknowledge the climate emergency as a concern of students?

The motion has PASSED

574 students took part

11 abstained

  • YES - 534 (93%)

  • NO - 29 (5%)

The Students' Union WILL acknowledge the climate emergency as a concern of students

 

Background:

The IPCC’s October 2018 report stated the urgency how we are heading for dangerous levels of global warming and need to drastic action to keep global temperatures below 1.5C to avoid catastrophic climate change. In wake of this report, a new wave of activism has erupted all over the world to address climate change. Student’s from Sussex are amongst these people who have awoken to draw attention to emergency that is climate change, to which governments have ignored. They have been involved in organising the Youth Strikes and with Extinction Rebellion, who have worked to raise attention of the inaction of governments. Already, they have campaigned Brighton & Hove City Council to become Carbon Neutral by 2030, to satisfy the recommendations of the IPCC report. It is now for the Students’ Union to have a policy that reflects the concerns of it’s students over the climate emergency.

Background: The IPCC’s October 2018 report stated the urgency how we are heading for dangerous levels of global warming and need to drastic action to keep global temperatures below 1.5C to avoid catastrophic climate change. In wake of this report, a new wave of activism has erupted all over the world to address climate change. Student’s from Sussex are amongst these people who have awoken to draw attention to emergency that is climate change, to which governments have ignored. They have been involved in organising the Youth Strikes and with Extinction Rebellion, who have worked to raise attention of the inaction of governments. Already, they have campaigned Brighton & Hove City Council to become Carbon Neutral by 2030, to satisfy the recommendations of the IPCC report. It is now for the Students’ Union to have a policy that reflects the concerns of it’s students over the climate emergency.

Policy aim: To address the concern students have about climate change and how the Students’ Union can respond to Brighton & Hove City Council declaration of climate emergency, raising further awareness of the climate emergency and support students who are involved in climate activism. There will also be the need to publicise how the Students’ Union is responding to these climate and environmental issues, and what active steps it is taking in future policies it may pursue.

Policy Objectives:

  1. Formerly acknowledge the climate emergency as a concern of University of Sussex Students.

  2. Raise awareness that Students’ Union acknowledges the climate emergency.

  3. For the Students’ Union to respond to Brighton & Hove City council’s declaration of a climate emergency, and what actions are being taking to work towards being carbon neutral.

  4. Support students involved climate activism, in terms of providing training, resources and space to organise campaigns.

       5. To have consultation with students in developing future policies that can satisfy students climate and environment concerns.