As of today, your Students' Union is declaring a climate emergency and asking you to request that the University of Lincoln to do the same.
Recently, Lincoln SU was contacted by the EAUC (The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education), who are working with post-16 education institutions across the UK and Ireland to make true environmental change.
How exactly will declaring a climate emergency help?
The institutions that declare a climate emergency relay this information back to the EAUC who then use this data to lobby UK and Ireland governments to act.
Why does the University of Lincoln need to declare a climate emergency too?
The more institutions that declare an emergency, the more data the EAUC has to make a prominent impact on the government.
In short, the post-16 sector represents the voices of the next generation. The louder those voices become the harder it is for them to become drowned out.
Why should we declare a climate emergency in the first place?
Currently, the environment is being seriously damaged due to human activity and as you may have heard before, there is no planet B.
The destruction is happening at an alarming rate. A recent UN press release states that around 1 million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction, while 3/4 of the land-based environment and about 66% of the marine environment have been "significantly altered by human actions".
The effects of climate change don't only impact nature, they impact humans too. According to the World Health Organisation, an estimated 7 million people died globally due to air pollution in 2016. The situation is only getting worse.
We will not wait. The world will not wait. Will you?
How do I ask the University of Lincoln to declare a climate emergency too?
This part's simple. Sign this pledge to let the university know you'd like them to act.
If you are someone who is concerned about the environment and would like to make real institutional change, then attend our Time to Act: Shape the New Environment Act event on 16th May at 6pm in The Engine Shed.
For the first time in 20 years the Government is currently working on a new Environmental Bill. The Bill will work towards developing a more sustainable future on Earth and YOU can have your say by participating in our panel discussion.