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So much damage has now been done to our natural world that ecologists agree we are living through the sixth mass extinction on our planet. We're not simply witnessing the death of millions of species, but the culpable destruction and mass ecocide of our natural biosphere. If that doesn’t sit right with you, join the club.
We are not about to sit around and let the rest of the world continue this cycle of destruction while we are told to shut up and study for our at present non-existent futures. Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse. We are bringing this theory of change into the sphere of the university.
Our aims are:
To raise awareness among students and staff of the true extent of the climate and ecological crisis
To mobilise students into action, including preparation and training for non-violent civil disobedience
To create change at our own university, and to contribute to the change in the wider world
So far we have pressured the university to declare a climate and ecological emergency and helped to embed the following commitments into the next 3-year strategy for the college:
Annual reporting and stakeholder engagement on progress by 2023 - enabling students and staff to monitor progress made
Implement key sustainability policies by 2025
Net Zero Carbon campus by 2035
Zero Waste to Landfill by 2022
The opportunity for every student and staff member to be climate literate by 2025
Embed at least one module of climate/sustainability specific focus into every single course offered to students by 2025
We are surprisingly happy with the direction that Royal Holloway is going in, however, we are not now going to say job done and trust that the uni makes all of these changes. We are in a crisis, and that means we need crisis-level mobilisation. Until everyone in the university understands what this actually means, we still have work to do. And that is why we need you.
The kinds of things we do are:
Bi-weekly organising meetings
Eco-fairs and swap shops
Guest speaker events
Climate crisis symposiums
Actions on campus
Trips to actions elsewhere
You can download our google calendar which will sync all of our events to your calendar: click here.
All of our events will also be on our Facebook page.
Getting a membership with Climate Action only costs £5.00 and helps us keep the society running by covering costs for all our events and activities. Membership is not compulsory to take part in any of our events but it will enable us to improve the society for everyone so please consider buying membership if you are able to.
Join our WhatsApp group to get involved.
Message Cosmo (president) on Whatsapp or Telegram at 07789713956.
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This referendum (which will take the form of a 'preferendum' due to there being multiple voting options) relates to the motion below. This contemporary resolution was proposed by a majority of the Officer Group under Article 7 of the Students’ Union’s Constitution.
1 post is up for election.
The polls have closed.
These Elections are for the full-time and part-time positions that make up the Students' Union Officer Team and School Reps.
All students who are members of the Students' Union can vote in the elections.
Royal Holloway Students' Union
10 posts are up for election.
Nominations open at 10:39 on Sunday 13 March 2022 (in 6 weeks and 2 days)
The polls open at 09:00 on Monday 14 March 2022 (in 6 weeks and 3 days)
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