Motion on Recent Climate Protests – 21 May 2019 GM
21 May 2019 at 13:00 – 14:00, Room 2, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms
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 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 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.
This branch resolves:
- To declare a climate emergency.
- To send a written statement to the University Environmental Sustainability Strategy Committee urging the University to declare a climate emergency, and to review all of its policies in the light of that declaration.
- To support the work of Youth Strikes for Climate through a public statement and by disseminating relevant information about its activities to members.
- To support the work of Extinction Rebellion through a public statement and by disseminating relevant information about its activities to members.