The open letter in which UT scientists call for action to achieve the university's own climate goals, was handed over to the Executive Board today. The letter has been signed more than 600 times. Yet this is only the start, say the initiators. ‘We need to change our behaviour drastically.’
The UT wants to be climate-neutral by 2030, but is failing to take enough steps to achieve this goal. This is what staff and students say in an open letter to the Executive Board. The appeal has already been signed more than 150 times. ‘With this letter we want to offer our help to the Executive Board, so that we can achieve our climate goals.’
De UT wil in 2030 klimaatneutraal zijn, maar zet daarvoor te weinig concrete stappen. Dat zeggen medewerkers en studenten in een open brief aan het college van bestuur. De oproep is inmiddels ruim 150 keer ondertekend. ‘Met de brief willen we onze hulp aanbieden aan het CvB, zodat we de doelen halen.’
In her inaugural lecture today, professor Tatiana Filatova will talk about ‘Changing climate – Changing behavior’ and the importance of including social science in climate change policies. ‘To create true resilience, we can’t just change the physical infrastructure. We need to keep the social aspect in mind, because people don’t always make optimal and rational decisions.’
Few scientists possess the gift of making an immediate and lasting impact. Yet, that is what atmospheric physicist Guus Velders has done. In October 2016, the UT alumnus saved the Kigali climate treaty with his quick calculations. And this did not go unnoticed; the journal Nature immediately listed him among the ten most influential scientists of that year.