I’m really excited to be sharing the University of Leeds’ climate crisis principles as I know how vital it is to take action on such a pressing issue. This in an ambitious and bold set of seven principles laid out by the University which I believe are based on substance and most importantly I am confident that the student voice has been listened to.
My role as Union Affairs Officer means I sit on University Council ensuring the opinions of students are heard right at the heart of University decision making. Students’ passion for the future of our planet has helped drive the direction of the seven principles alongside that of many University of Leeds staff. Earlier this year, in May’s Forums, two policies were passed: The Union should support the activities of YouthStrike4Climate and LUU should lobby the University of Leeds to declare a Climate Emergency. It’s fantastic to see that student’s ideas are being brought to life.
I’m also pleased to report that staff and students are being encouraged to get involved with the creation of the Climate Plan. Sustainability, in conjunction with the Priestley Centre and other academic partners will be holding workshops and are asking for you to share your ideas firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m really looking forward to seeing what long term actions will be delivered based on these principles and proud to see the University acting on such an important topic which is clearly at the forefront of many students’ minds.
I’d also urge you to take part in the Global Strike for Climate in Leeds on Friday 20 September.
Lauren Huxley, Union Affairs Officer
David Barns, the student who brought the idea to the Better University Forum for LUU to lobby the University of Leeds to declare a climate emergency has given us his thoughts on the principles:
''The University have today made a serious commitment to helping to tackle the climate crisis which threatens the very future of students now studying at Leeds. A joint campaign by students, staff and alumni, as well as LUU and UCU, has undoubtedly had a big part to play in this decision by the University.
The University has a vital civic role in helping to tackle climate breakdown, supporting a rapid zero-carbon transition and ensuring a safe and equitable future for all. Today’s symbolic commitment is a huge step in the right direction and we need to make sure this is followed up with action. Students have plenty of great ideas about how the University can take the kind of radical action that is needed to help try and avert climate breakdown, and we hope to continue working through LUU to make sure the voices of Leeds students are heard’'.