Climate Emergency: UK Universities' Declarations and Their Role in Responding to Climate Change

Tags: climate emergency | UK Universities' Declarations

This paper explores what the first year (2019-20) of climate emergency declarations by UK universities shows about how they are responding to climate change as well as how they view and present themselves in relation to this. 

The research found that the declarations function as promotional statements, as presenting a collective voice, and showing a commitment from the universities to action. The authors argue that while these provide the potential for advancing sustainability within the sector, the tendency to use declarations as publicity and promotional material does detract from new commitments and action. 

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