Student LifestyleGoldsmith's University To Become Carbon Neutral

Goldsmith’s University To Become Carbon Neutral

Goldsmith’s University announced yesterday that it will be carbon neutral by 2025, as a result of then tens of thousands of students protesting climate change in London.

The university will be making immediate changes to tackle climate change. Goldsmiths will end the sale on beef on campus by September this year. They will also divest from fossil fuels by December and switch to a renewable energy provider “as soon as is practical”.

Goldsmith’s plan will also encourage students to move away from single-use plastics by bringing in a 10p tax on plastic water bottles sold on campus, with all proceeds going towards a green student initiative fund.

One of their more interesting changes will be modules on climate change added to the curriculum where students will learn about the gravity of climate change and “the role of individuals and organisations in reducing carbon emissions”.

Greenpeace UK spokeswoman Rosie Rogers said she was encouraged to see the university “not simply declaring a climate emergency, but acting on it”.

“We call on others to urgently follow suit, and to include cutting all ties from fossil fuel funding in their climate emergency response,” she said.

Newly installed college warden Professor Frances Corner said “declaring a climate emergency cannot be empty words”.

“The growing global call for organisations to take seriously their responsibilities for halting climate change is impossible to ignore,” she said.

“I truly believe we face a defining moment in global history and Goldsmiths now stands shoulder to shoulder with other organisations willing to call the alarm and take urgent action to cut carbon use.”

Goldsmiths said the college is responsible for around 3.7 million kilograms of carbon emissions each year, the equivalent output of more than 800,000 cars.

As protests are likely to continue across the UK in the new term, more student activists for climate change will be hoping more universities will follow Goldsmith’s example.