Through the 9/27 Climate Action March, the UCSD Green New Deal’s message is getting out! Take a look at the coverage and how we are working to spread the message that UCSD needs to take on the climate crisis with all of its resources and be a leader for showing how a community can come together to combat this crisis—and how that’s already getting the attention of university leadership.
Then join us Friday, October 4, at the Natural Science Building Auditorium, for the First Friday meeting to keep up the pressure!
“The UC San Diego Green New Deal movement joined hundreds of thousands of students and faculty across the globe Friday for a second wave of worldwide protests demanding swift action on climate change.
UC San Diego along with the University of California system has joined forces with more than 7,000 colleges and universities around the globe to declare a climate emergency and commit to urgent action to address the crisis. UC President Janet Napolitano and all 10 UC chancellors have signed a climate emergency declaration letter that recognizes “the need for a drastic societal shift to combat the growing threat of climate change.”
“One of the largest strikes in San Diego was held at the University of California San Diego, where dozens of students marched in response to a stark report released this week by the Intergovernmental Plan on Climate Change (IPCC) on the impact of global warming on our oceans.
The students aim to launch UCSD’s own “Green New Deal,” with goals for the university to meet its carbon neutrality goals by 2025, divest from all fossil fuels, and to teach students how to become climate leaders.
“We are facing escalating catastrophes,” said organizers of the UCSD Climate Action March in a joint statement. “We are marching to demand that UCSD be a leader in teaching all its students about the climate crisis.”
“They’ve made this commitment but now they actually have to get there and they only have five years. So we want to put pressure on them to actually identify real goals each year that they’re going to accomplish,” UC San Diego staff member Kina Thackray told FOX 5.
In response to the gathering, UC San Diego released a statement that said the university was in the process of establishing a climate action plan in coordination with other UC schools.”
The Triton: “UCSD Community Marches for Climate Action”
““This will be the biggest battle we’ll be fighting,” said Dr. Ramanathan. “That’s why I’m calling you climate warriors.”
Yuval Baharav, a fourth-year Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience major who helped organize the march, said that the university should take action immediately rather than rely solely on students to bring about change.
“You have the responsibility to be changemakers, not just us. You asked for student input, and now here we are,” Baharav said, directly addressing the university. “Be the leaders you claim to be.”
The Guardian: “UCSD Climate Action March begins at Geisel Library”
“The UCSD Green New Deal calls upon the university to better teach students about climate change, to create a specific plan to reach carbon neutrality–when carbon dioxide emissions are offset with an equal amount of CO2 removal–by 2025, and to call upon the University of California system to create a UC-wide Green New Deal.”
“If a green new deal is a total economic and social transformation to rapidly decarbonize our energy system and our transportation system and our food system, then it is not going to be something that the federal government can do on its own through legislation.
It is something that really every institution and individual has to take ownership of, similar to what happened with the original New Deal. We’re kicking it off with this march, but we are going to continue to be working on this for the coming year and for years to come.
What we’ve been told is that when the administration sees that there is a sustained energy around an issue coming from the grassroots level within the campus community, then that can actually be effective at changing institutional priorities.”