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Brunel University in a State of Climate Emergency

By Alex Langridge

The University’s steps in tackling climate change

Brunel University called a climate emergency this January after being lobbied by its Student Union.

Ranjeet Rathore, President of the Student Union, said: “We, the Union, also declared a climate emergency in the first term and since then we have been trying to get the University to do so.”

Brunel has since held the ‘Acting Local, Thinking Global’ public lecture series which addressed the challenges facing the planet and how communities can work to find solutions.

A Brunel University spokesperson, said: “The University is about to begin work on developing a Sustainability Strategy, building on our existing work in this area and bring it all together into a forward-looking strategy. This will include all the research we undertake and how we can adapt the curriculum [to be more environmentally friendly].”

Sustainability is said to be one of the core values of Brunel with infrastructure, facilities and activities managed, developed, and monitored in a sustainable manner.

Source: Brunel University

The spokesperson continued: “We aim to be sustainable and to support positive developments in sustainability; to join other universities in disseminating knowledge regarding the climate emergency, and to continue supporting research which seeks to help counter global warming and its effects.”

This announcement comes after Hillingdon Council declared a climate change emergency in early January.

Councillor Jonathan Bianco, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “The reasons for putting the motion in the first place are two-fold. Firstly, we received a petition from a local resident on the subject and secondly, the petition chimed with our views and we saw a motion as an ideal way of reassuring our residents that we were “on the case”.

The council are working to become carbon neutral by 2030 and have net-zero emissions by 2050.

Brunel’s environmental policy can be viewed here for more information.

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