Climate change is an urgent problem facing humanity. The early impacts are now being felt and action must be taken to address these impacts. Confronting climate change depends on action now, and in the future.
We believe that Canadian universities and colleges have a unique opportunity to advance society towards sustainability through teaching, research, demonstration and accelerating societal solutions beyond campus.
To this end, on March 13, 2008, six university presidents from British Columbia came together to sign a Climate Change Statement of Action for Canada signifying their commitment, and the commitment of their institutions, to provide leadership and make the changes necessary to address this challenging issue. Since then, other post-secondary presidents across Canada have added their support to meeting the climate change challenge.
The Statement expands on the successful American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), which now has over 600 signatories that have committed to becoming climate neutral. Like the ACUPCC, the Canadian Statement focuses on both the responsibility of universities to reduce emissions, as well as opportunities to accelerate larger solutions beyond our campuses.
We invite other post-secondary institutions to sign the Statement and join us in this critical endeavour.