For someone like me, a sustainability advocate, an environmental practitioner and a doctoral researcher at the Sussex Energy Group (SEG), the fact that my University has declared a climate emergency is important and welcome news. In fact, it is such massive news that I have decided to take time out of my data analysis to write about it. The declaration is about doing things differently and faster, and in my mind the University of Sussex is progressive and innovative enough to drive change on this front. In my view, the strongest point of the declaration is the one about the value of words in driving actions and how we should not be afraid to talk and publicise our plans and aspirations, even though we might be far away still from the target. Which is very true. As long as we know where we are now, where we need to be and roughly how we will get there, then the use of words to externalise those plans can only strengthen and solidify our commitment. So, what is the press release not telling us? I want to ask more questions and dig deeper for the detail. I am training to be a researcher after all.
Sussex Energy Group 6th Aug 2019 read more »