Universities Must Do More to Address the Climate Emergency
Younger generations have been deeply impacted by the intersecting crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and systemic racism, yet their resolve to be agents of change on these issues remains steady. The commitment of young people to taking action was on full display during last week’s Earth Day events and was acknowledged by President Biden in his opening remarks at the World Leaders Summit. The energy youth have shown in putting climate change on the political agenda and global protests in support of social justice this past year remind us that this generation has a vision for a post-pandemic world that is more sustainable and equitable for everyone. Now is a pivotal moment for institutions of higher education to empower our students to lead us there.
Originally published: April 26, 2021
Author: Santa Ono
Position: President and Vice Chancellor
Institution: University of British Columbia
Published by: Inside Higher Ed