Why universities must prioritise sustainable development to fight the climate crisis

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Last November, when world leaders should have been gathering in Glasgow for COP26, Boris Johnson announced his 10-step plan for a green industrial revolution – as part of the path for the UK to be Net Zero by 2050.

However, in the first instance, 2050 is still too far away. Based on the science, we need to all work towards the goal of Net Zero by 2030 and that means radically changing how we operate in the next 10 years, not the next 30. 

Universities will be key to ensuring this, and we need to set challenging targets to make net-zero a reality. This will be achieved through reviewing operations to ensure sustainability is at the front of mind, investing time and thought into the environmental practices of universities and altering curriculums to ensure students are aware of how important it is to tackle our growing climate emergency.

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