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Canadian Universities Need To Lead The Charge On Climate Action

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07.05.2019

By Sofia Descalzi, Newfoundland and Labrador representative, Canadian Federation of Students

Climate justice activists keep telling us that we must all come together to solve the current climate crisis, and they're right. However, governments everywhere are failing to rise to the occasion and implement changes — outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People and the Paris Agreement — to curb carbon emissions and avoid an environmental catastrophe. While we grapple with the dire effect of climate change, billions of public funds are being grossly misused in infrastructure, advertisement, and bailouts for the oil and gas industry, while public services that will support a shift to renewable energy are being neglected.

While public funds are being used to bolster fossil fuels corporations, the federal government fails to adequately invest in high-quality, accessible education. Students in Canada are currently facing a crisis in post-secondary education with the total national public student debt reaching a new record of $36 billion dollars. If this trend continues, it is projected that by 2020-21, the amount of federal student loans issued in one year will exceed $3 billion.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), we only have 11 years to drastically implement changes to protect the living planet before irreversible catastrophe.........

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