The UPC approves a motion to declare a state of climate emergency


The student Lola Ache from the ESEIAAT proposing the motion at the UPC’s University Senate meeting on 7 May

The University Senate at the UPC has approved a motion to declare a state of climate emergency following the global movement Fridays for Future. The motion was approved during the University Senate meeting that took place on 7 May.

May 21, 2019

The motion to declare a state of climate emergency has been approved with a two-fold aim: first, to put pressure on governments to become aware of the current environmental crisis and to set an example for other governments, universities, institutions and other bodies to do the same; and second, for the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) to also work harder to guarantee a sustainable society and to prioritise all required measures to place the UPC at the forefront of the fight against climate change by increasing the use of renewable energy, improving resource utilisation and intensifying reuse and recycle campaigns. The UPC is the first university in Spain to declare the state of climate emergency

The motion, which has been proposed with the support of several sectors, seeks to bring climate debate to the centre of Catalan, Spanish, European and global politics, and to create a space that had, according to this motion, been denied so far. It is aligned with the global movement Fridays for Future and has been approved at a meeting of the UPC’s University Senate, which took place on 7 May in Barcelona.

The University’s management report the creation of a committee for revising and proposing amendments to the UPC Statutes were also approved.