Motion on Climate Justice – AGM 20th Nov 2019
This branch notes:
- That the IPCC report issued in 2018 requires global CO2 emissions to fall by 45% by 2030 and to net zero by 2050, in order to keep temperature rises to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.
- That global carbon emissions are continuing to rise, with emissions hitting an all-time high of 37.1bn tonnes in 2018.
- That the non-violent direct action taken by Extinction Rebellion, and in particular the International Rebellion of April 2019, has been very successful in bringing the climate crisis to public notice.
- That the UK Parliament, as of 1 May 2019, has declared an environment and climate emergency.
- That the recent series of Youth Strikes for Climate has been a powerful catalyst in driving the issue of climate crisis up the political agenda.
- That the Global Climate Strike on 20 September 2019 has been a huge success and a first action of our Cambridge UCU green rep and working group.
- That Anglia Ruskin University declared a climate emergency with clear targets during the Global Climate Strike.
This branch resolves:
- To send a written statement to the University Environmental Sustainability Strategy Committee urging the University to declare a climate emergency, with clear targets to reduce CO2 emissions to net zero by 2030 (direct and indirect), and to review all of its policies in the light of that declaration.
- To lobby the University of Cambridge to divest from fossil fuel.
- To contact national UCU to identify the best course of action to lobby USS to divest from fossil fuel.
- To support the work of Youth Strikes for Climate, CUSU and GU through a public statement and by disseminating relevant information about its activities to members.