Our planetary predicament
We live in the time of an escalating climate crisis. According to the U.N. IPCC (2018) consensus of scientists, ratified by governments, emissions must be reduced by about 45% by 2030 (from 2010 levels) to prevent the worst consequences of global heating. Mostly, however, governments and institutions are still failing to act.
UC’s response is woefully inadequate
At the University of California, the response is a “carbon neutrality by 2025” plan. Unfortunately this is woefully inadequate. Problems include a lack of accountability, a reliance on both dubious offset mechanisms and biogas (which has serious limitations), and a very delayed reckoning with emissions from aviation and transportation (deferred to 2050).
Instead, what is needed is decarbonization (i.e. genuine emissions reductions). This must be done by setting specific goals and creating accountability mechanisms to reduce what is currently more than 2 million tonnes per year of emissions from the campuses.
Apart from not yet implementing serious emissions reductions, most of the UC campuses are not yet taking seriously their responsibility to teach students about the climate crisis and about climate justice. Further, the UC campuses continue to use banking systems that finance the fossil fuel industry.
We are the UC Green New Deal Coalition
We formed in June 2020, to push the UC to get real on the climate crisis. The coalition is a grouping of climate activists across the 10 UCs. We have three major demands:
- TEACH. Teach the entire undergraduate student body about the climate crisis and climate justice
- DECARBONIZE. Specify and meet genuine emissions reduction (decarbonization) goals by 2025
- DIVEST. Verify full divestment for now and forever from fossil fuels and quit all fossil-fuel related banking
Please enjoy browsing our content, and we hope you are inspired to join. We operate in a democratic, grassroots way to strategically and creatively pressure the administration and the wider university to act quickly. Our world depends on it.