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Find out about UCU's initiative on climate change and how you can become involved.
6:00pm - 8:00pm, Wednesday 27 May 2015
Divestment from fossil fuels in the battle against climate change: a joint meeting for students and staff in the education sector with a panel of speakers from NUS, People & Planet, and UCU. See the meeting leaflet (.pdf) [169kb].
USS ethical investment seminar
24 June, 2015, London. UCU conference to explore an ethical investment strategy in the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).
UCU Annual Environment Report 2014-2015
'For a future that doesn't cost the earth'. The UCU Annual Environment Report 2014-15 has been produced. It outlines the work of our environment reps and the sustainable development challenges we face as a union. It will be available at UCU Congress in Glasgow and can be downloaded here:
Greener Jobs Alliance: ten steps toward sustainability skills
'A new UN agreement on climate change needs to be underpinned by an education strategy for a low carbon transition.'
The UCU environment rep handbook
'Staff Organising for Sustainability' has been launched at the 2014 UCU Congress. It is essential reading for all branch members interested in strengthening the union role in our institutions and communities.
Education unions mobilising on climate change
'Human-induced climate change has serious environmental, economic and social consequences for all countries and all peoples and represents one of the most serious global challenges facing governments and society in the 21st century.' (EI World Congress Resolution 2.5.1)
To learn more, read the full article here at Unite4Education.
UCU calls for an investment strategy that prevents runaway climate change
The fossil fuel industry is driving us towards a global climate crisis: we will not keep dangerous climate change at bay without halting our extraction of fossil-fuels. Too many UK universities support the fossil fuel industry directly through their research, their £6bn endowments and investments and their partnerships with some of the biggest fossil fuel companies in the world like BP and Shell. As for pension funds both these companies are also in the top ten investments of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).
The 'Fossil Free' and 'Green Light' campaigns launched last week and UCU attended both events.
Fossil Free - UCU and the TUC held a meeting with Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org to discuss the role of trade unions in the broad alliance being established to take this message into the education sector and wider community.
UCU annual environment report 2012-13
Download your copy now: UCU annual environment report 2012-2013 (.pdf) [947kb]
Report from the International Labour Organisation annual conference
UCU attended the International Labour Organisation annual conference. You can read Graham Petersen's report here:
Energy Bill Revolution have launched a short video that highlights the problems of the 1.6m UK children living in fuel poverty.
You can sign a petition here to make the government use the money it gets from our carbon taxes to make our homes super-energy efficient - driving down our energy bills forever.
Human induced climate change is potentially disastrous and has thrust the environment and energy use to the forefront of educational, professional and trade union attention. Universities and colleges are amongst institutions being challenged to reduce their 'carbon footprint'. The TUC (Trades Union Congress) is urging unions to increase attention to environmental, especially climate related matters - and to engage with employers to develop low-carbon strategies and a 'just transition' to a low carbon economy and society.
There is now a scientific consensus that unless carbon-based energy use is radically reduced, the world faces a crisis in which the poorest will suffer the most, but all of us will be affected. The dangers of inaction are extremely serious:
The Stern Review made clear that the sooner we act, the less likely or intense will be the climate change and the impact on our environment.
UCU's founding Congress in 2007 committed UCU to play its part in 'greening the campus' and 'greening the curriculum' and to assist campaigns for sustainable national policies and local practices.
With 120,000 members in further and higher education, UCU is uniquely equipped to make a significant contribution to the battle against climate change. We have union reps in every FE and HE workplace and many members with specialist knowledge. UCU is:
Climate change is 'arguably the single greatest challenge facing humankind... For the TUC climate change has become a key issue' (TUC deputy general secretary, Frances O' Grady)
Who can be an environmental rep?
What can a union environmental rep do?
I'm interested in being an environmental rep, what do I do now?
TUC UGR handbook
See Go Green at Work
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