Global Climate Strike

Published: 17/09/2019

On Friday 20 September, millions of people will take part in a day of global action to urge decision-makers to take immediate steps to tackle the climate emergency.

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Inspired by young people and championed by activist Greta Thunberg, the strike aims to raise awareness, inspire activism and promote action around the world to challenge the climate crisis.

Many of our staff and students at York St John University share these fundamental concerns and wish to act in solidarity with the climate protest. Throughout conversations with the Executive Board, University colleagues, Students’ Union presidents and Trade Union representatives, Vice Chancellor Professor Karen Stanton has fully supported the University’s stance to align with the actions taking place across the world.

It has been agreed that all staff may take 30 minutes during their working day on Friday 20 September if they wish to extend their lunch break in order to to participate in the action against climate change in York city centre. Staff and students will meet at on campus at 12 noon on Friday to join the march together to St Helen’s Square.

Colleagues have been encouraged to consider joining the Sustainability and Environmental Staff working group which aims to create a space where individuals from across the University can work together to create campaigns and projects that will reduce the impact the University has on the planet.

York St John University recognises that climate change is a global crisis that requires an emergency response and intends to take every opportunity to be part of the response to that challenge.

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