The Polytechnic of Coimbra (IPC) is a signatory of the Global Climate Letter, a letter whose aim is to bring together as many networks and institutions as possible in order to show commitments to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially number 4, concerning Quality Education, and number 13, concerning Climate Action.
This charter is supported by networks from around the world, including the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI), Global Alliance, EAUC – Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education and Second Nature.
At the moment, 247 Higher Education Institutions are represented, corresponding to about 4,559,515 students, 8 Students’ Unions, 57 networks representing approximately 16,696 institutions.
As higher education institutions and networks from around the world, they have collectively declared a Climate Emergency in recognition of the need for drastic societal change by combating the growing threat of climate change.
Coimbra Polytechnic considers it crucial that the young minds shaped by its institutions are equipped with the knowledge, skills and capacity to respond to the growing challenges of climate change. It also considers it urgent to work together towards a habitable planet for future generations, playing their part in building a greener and cleaner future for all.
IPC is therefore committed to collectively addressing the challenge by supporting a plan that includes:
– Mobilise more resources for action-oriented climate change research and capacity building;
– Commit to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 or 2050 at the latest;
– Increase the provision of environmental and sustainability education in curriculum, campus and community programmes.