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Climate Action

Lead By:
Dr. Janis Dale, Associate Professor in Geology, and PACS member

 

The future health of our planet is inseparably linked to global economies, poverty, and increasing social needs like health and education. The United Nations drafted 17 sustainable development goals to promote economic success while protecting our planet. Climate action is the 13th of these goals. Credible scientific research tells us that the average global temperature has increased by 0.85° from 1880 to 2112. Glaciers are melting 31% faster than 15 years ago (1, 2). Our oceans are warming and melting glaciers have contributed to a 19 cm rise in sea level.  The environmental, economic and social implications of climate change are frightening. Since 1990 carbon dioxide emissions have risen close to 50%. Given our present course of greenhouse gas emissions it’s predicted that by 2100 our global temperature will have risen 1.5° and sea level some 40 to 63 cm. A quick look at any world map shows the huge human population that currently lives within a meter of sea level. This is not sustainable and our planet cannot continue to provide humans with conditions required to sustain life on this planet as we know it.

Climate action is a call to action for every citizen of every nation to do their part to address climate change before it is too late. This will require in some cases major institutional and technological changes.

At the University of Regina, Climate Action is Central to themes of the strategic plan, 2021-2026 Sustainability Action Plan. Through a series of meetings we plan to address and prioritize the changes that we need to implement to meet these challenges.

We will consider some of the following questions under three broad Action Headings:


1. Climate Action Theme Mission Statement

Climate Action can be many things to many people, but what does Climate Action mean to you?

What do you see as the role of Climate Action on campus? What priorities do you believe need to be set in order to proceed?

How does Climate Action fit within the other themes of Waste, Energy, Education, Research, Land use, Transportation?


2. Identification of issues/concerns re. Climate Action on campus, current status.

How can Climate Action help to mobilize the six sustainability themes at the University of Regina?

Can Climate Action initiatives provide leadership to prioritize the changes that need to be made?

Can climate action assist in the development of modes of engagement and facilitate communication with stakeholders’ on- and off-campus and beyond?


3. Designing Solutions. What should be done? How should it be addressed?

What road map can we create for climate actions that will help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions, slow the rate of temperature change, and enhance the resilience of our climate?

Is it still possible, using a wide array of technological measures and changes in behavior, to limit the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels?

Can the theme of Climate Action be best used to rally the institution and individuals at the University of Regina by prioritizing, advising, encouraging, communicating what we need to do to address Climate Change?

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Meeting Dates: 
Climate Action Session 1 Wednesday June 9 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Climate Action Session 2 Thursday June 10 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Climate Action Session 3 Tuesday June 22 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
 

References: 1.  https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/climate-action/. 2. Nature 592, 726-731 (2021)