Motion on Climate Justice

Motion on Climate Justice – AGM 20th Nov 2019


This branch notes:

  1. 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.
  2. That global carbon emissions are continuing to rise, with emissions hitting an all-time high of 37.1bn tonnes in 2018.
  3. 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.
  4. That the UK Parliament, as of 1 May 2019, has declared an environment and climate emergency.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. That Anglia Ruskin University declared a climate emergency with clear targets during the Global Climate Strike.


This branch resolves:

  1. 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.
  2. To lobby the University of Cambridge to divest from fossil fuel.
  3. To contact national UCU to identify the best course of action to lobby USS to divest from fossil fuel.
  4. 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.