Campaign 1: Decarbonize

Our first demand and campaign is that: UC San Diego specify and meet decarbonization goals by 2025.

Rather than frank emissions reductions (‘decarbonization’) UC has a carbon neutrality by 2025 plan. Unfortunately this is woefully inadequate. Problems include a lack of accountability, a reliance on both dubious offset mechanisms and biogas (about which experts have misgivings), and a very delayed reckoning with emissions from aviation and transportation (deferred to 2050).

Instead, what is needed is decarbonization (i.e. genuine emissions reductions). This must be done by setting specific goals and creating accountability mechanisms. This is especially pertinent at UCSD which is currently one of the biggest emitters (> 300,000 tonnes per year of C02) within the 10-campus UC system.

Concrete recommendations for UCSD to decarbonize were formed by the UCSD Academic Task Force on Climate Crisis report, ably assisted by members of the UCSD Graduate Association Climate Group.