Students and staff from the University of Hull will be joining the Global Climate Strike today.
Hull University Union will shut down all its services and operations from 10-11am to stand in solidarity with the Global Climate Strike.
Isobel Hall, President of the Students’ Union, who is leading the demonstration at the University, said: “This is the beginning of a week of action all over the world! It is important that we stand in solidarity with the global strikes and other students’ unions and get involved with shaping the way society meets the needs of future generations and the planet.”
As part of the strike experts from the Energy and Environment Institute will be adding their voices to the global protest demanding more action on climate crisis.
Professor Dan Parsons, Director of the Institute, said: “As a community of researchers we share the concerns of the youth movement and are proud to stand with them in protesting for action – action based on science. We are campaigning for an inclusive zero carbon transition in order to meet the 1.5 degree limit to warming that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has highlighted as critical.”
The strike, which starts on campus outside Student Central at 10am this morning and will join other organisations from Hull at a city centre protest in Queens Garden, is in support of the movement that has encouraged young people around the world to wake up the world with their powerful Fridays for Future school strikes for the climate.
Millions of school climate strikers have been leaving their classrooms every Friday and now, just ahead of a UN emergency climate summit, they are calling on more and more young people to join them in action.
In response to this call, students and staff from the University will be taking part with hopes of sounding the alarm and showing politicians that business as usual is no longer an option.
As a University, we're committed to shaping a brighter, fairer and carbon neutral future for all and we're incredibly proud of our students for joining the movement and using their voice to help make a difference.
Over the last three years, the University of Hull has reduced its carbon emissions from 17,000 tonnes to 13,000 and is committed to reducing this further.