University of Waterloo declares climate emergency

The University of Waterloo has declared a climate emergency, joining many other voices and post-secondary institutions around the world.

The declaration recognizes that the climate crisis has a main cause of human activity, and will only get worse at the pace we’re on.

It states in part that efforts of government and industry at many levels are not at the scale or speed necessary to achieve targets of the Paris Agreement.

Climate change also continues to disproportionately impact marginalized groups.

“The impacts of climate change are already being felt across the globe and will continue to intensify,” said President Feridun Hamdullahpur. “They pose acute and lasting risks for communities, natural ecosystems and all life on earth. This declaration makes it clear where we stand: climate change is an emergency, and we must treat it as such. Thank you to everyone in the community who has supported climate justice and who have called on us to act.”

The declaration also states that the University of Waterloo has a crucial role to play in climate action. Their website lists targets of reducing energy use by 17.5 per cent by 2025, and 35 per cent by 2030. The school is also aiming to become carbon neutral by 2050.

You can read the full declaration here.

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