Climate Emergency: A Letter To Paul Layzell

Earlier today, I wrote to the Principal of Royal Holloway, Professor Paul Layzell, to ask the College to declare a climate emergency itself, and to embed sustainable practice at the heart of its operation.

Following students voting in favour of a motion to declare a climate emergency, the Students’ Union has active policy to lobby the College and adopt the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals into its next Strategic Plan.

Students are rightly concerned about global warming, and want, even expect, the institution they are studying at to lead by example when it comes to operating sustainably.

The College Council, as the governing body of Royal Holloway, is responsible for setting the strategy of the University and has an annual Strategy Day in November. In my letter to Paul, I have noted that the theme of 'an environmentally sustainable university' was a priority theme emerging from the 2018 Strategy Day, and that an environmental strategy was suggested as a future output for this theme.

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Clem Jones // President