In October 2019, the Activities Officer and a group of students from societies such as Amnesty, People & Planet, and the Chemical Engineering Student Association wrote and presented a paper to senior leaders of the university, outlining key student demands: we lobbied for a declaration of carbon neutrality by 2030 and to divest from holdings in Barclays.
The SU Activities Officer and a student representative will sit at the University’s Climate Action Framework, where we will reiterate our demands and push for this radical change.
We fully acknowledge that, whilst the University needs to address its carbon footprint, its investment practices and beyond, the SU also needs to change we do things and be more sustainable in a radical way. This means going beyond reducing our use of single-use plastics. This means structurally having to re-think about our financial practices; our commercial infrastructure; the use of our resources; our big events; indeed, it means radically transforming our core strategy.