More than 7000 educational institutions have signed a letter declaring a climate emergency, UN environment agency
The UN environment agency says networks and organizations representing more than 7,000 institutions of higher and further education around the world have signed a letter declaring "a climate emergency" and committing to tackle it. UN Environment representative Sam Barrett announced the initiative at a UN meeting promoting higher education on Wednesday, July 10, 2019
What did the letter say?
"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.", said the letter.
The letter commits the institutions to support a three-point plan which includes mobilizing resources for climate change research, increasing education on preserving the environment, and going carbon neutral by 2030 or 2050 at the very latest. Organisers hope over 10,000 institutions will sign on this year.
About UN Environment:
The United Nations Environment Programme is a programme of the United Nations that coordinates the organization's environmental activities and assists developing countries in implementing environmentally sound policies and practices.