I write to request that you please forward this message broadly to the faculty, students and staff in your department. This is an issue that we cannot meet with complacency. We are currently at 800 signees, and I think we ought to be able to do far better for a campus our size.
A number of UCD faculty, students, and staff led by Professor Stephen Wheeler (human ecology) have developed a Fossil-Free UCD petition, which officially launched to coincide with the start of COP26 in Glasgow. COP26 has now concluded with comprises and promises that are putting us on a path for global warming in excess of 2.4 degrees Celsius. In light of this failure it falls to organizations such as ours to step up to become a global leader in eliminating use of fossil fuels and show this can be done.
Please sign the petition. You’ll find it here: tinyurl.com/fossilfreeUCDpetition
Then please share this widely with your labs, your colleagues on campus, announce this to your classes and post on your social media accounts.
Further info is at our new Fossil-Free UCD website, https://fossilfreeucd.org. Thanks to Roberta Millstein for creating that site.
We will meet with Chancellor May later this Fall to present the signatures of this petition and ask him to lead our campus through the next, critical phase of the climate emergency by creating a plan to stop using fossil fuels to run our campus. Technically this is a challenge that we can meet, if we can muster the will and leadership to do what is right.
Mark O. Huising, Ph.D. (he/him/his)
2021 UC Davis Campus Faculty Sustainability Champion
Department of Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior, College of Biological Sciences
& Department of Physiology & Membrane Biology, School of Medicine
University of California, Davis
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