In what is fantastic news on the climate emergency front, the University of Exeter have signed a Global Climate Letter alongside a number of other institutions. This includes the ground-breaking decision to divest from all investment in fossil fuel companies, which we’re excited to see begin in January 2020. Instrumental in the decision to commit to this divestment policy was Patrick Hoyle, Guild President, who followed on from the work of his predecessor, Grace Frain. Through lobbying and working with a variety of people and groups, the Students’ Guild is proud to have played a part in influencing this decision, which will hopefully have a significant impact on climate change.
The letter emphasises the need to work against climate change and to provide young people with greater knowledge, skills and capability to play their part in this.
The letter highlights a three point-plan, including:
- Mobilizing more resources for action-oriented climate change research and skills creation;
- Committing to going carbon neutral by 2030 or 2050 at the very latest;
- Increasing the delivery of environmental and sustainability education across curriculum, campus and community outreach programmes.
Comment from Patrick Hoyle, Guild President:
“This fantastic news is testament to the work of the Students’ Guild alongside the University and many other stakeholders in the last couple of years, who all deserve great credit for the work that has led to this. This shows what can be achieved as a union, and by working together to make positive change, something I am excited to continue to do. Whilst this is a significant step forward, there is much work to be done. Myself and the Guild will continue to pressure the University to ensure its commitment is fulfilled.”