"EOAS recognizes the existence of a climate crisis, which demands coordinated and determined global action. In the face of overwhelming scientific evidence, society must urgently take steps to avoid the worst potential outcomes of anthropogenic climate change. EOAS is committed to bringing our research, teaching, operations and public outreach fully in line with this recognition and in solidarity with the UBC Declaration on the Climate Emergency.”   

-Philippe Tortell, EOAS Department Head

  Climate emergency committee mandate

 

  1.  Design a 1- and 5-year strategic plan for an EOAS Climate Emergency Response that fully aligns department research, teaching, operations and public outreach with the recognition of a climate emergency
  2.  Provide support to existing or proposed EOAS initiatives that are relevant to the EOAS Climate Emergency Response
  3. Undertake our own initiatives that enhance the capacity, engagement, and effectiveness of the EOAS Climate Emergency Response
  4. Act as a liaison/representative of EOAS in initiatives related to the larger UBC Climate Emergency Response 
  5. Unite, promote, and leverage the set of diverse departmental activities and relationships that collectively constitute the EOAS climate emergency response

 

Izett_01_18-Aug_0.jpgCurrent Initiative Highlights

Our initiatives have grown from our climate dialogue events and in collaboration with EOAS community members. We organize our initiatives under four main topics:

1. Research, Teaching and Learning 

2. Policy and Civic Engagement 

3. Partnerships 

  • Conduct a census of researchers in the department with industry, government and community partnerships 
  • Encourage discourse on departmental culture and practice with respect to EOAS partnerships
  • Explore teaching and learning opportunities on the future roles of Earth scientists in a sustainable and just future economy

4. Departmental Operations 

  • Research and design sustainable travel guidance for the EOAS community
  • Research and propose sustainable catering guidance for the EOAS community
  • Guide investments to improve hybrid and remote participation in EOAS events

For a full list of all active initiatives as well as proposed initiatives in our 5-year plan, see the EOAS Climate Action Plan.

 

We are always looking for more volunteers to help our efforts! Please contact to get involved or learn more about our work.