Climate Action Plan
Brandeis' Year of Climate Action is 2022-2023
During our Year of Climate Action, the Brandeis Sustainability Committee will be updating our climate action plan based on findings from our forthcoming decarbonization study, which will be taking place throughout 2022.The Brandeis Sustainability Committee has called on Brandeis to heed the call of scientists and social justice advocates alike, fulfill its social justice mission more holistically than ever before, and help create a better, safer, more just life for generations to come. This shift requires bold, coordinated action and leadership. The covid-19 crisis has proved that this isn't easy—but that it can be done.
Why It Matters
Climate change presents an existential threat to all human life, most immediately to communities at risk here in the U.S. and around the globe. The consequences of climate change disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color. Climate change will greatly harm the ecosystems of the planet, which will lead to species extinctions, possible ecosystem collapse, and definite impacts on humans as ecosystems degrade. Those impacted first and worst by this degradation have been and will continue to be low-income communities and people of color.
- According to the most recent IPCC report, the next few years are probably the most important in our history (subscription req.) in terms of carbon reduction.
- Living up to our carbon reduction commitments has never been more important. The worst impacts of climate change are not inevitable, but the time for action is now.