Quebec universities get involved
The University of Oxford and the United Nations Environment Programme have decided to set up a new global initiative. This program will help lead the education sector toward a greener future.
A joint initiative
The next generations are ready to face the challenges of biodiversity. On the second day of COP 15, universities are showing their commitment to a better future. Oxford University is partnering with the UN in the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration.
The Nature Positive Universities Alliance program is about rethinking nature and the way we treat it. For universities, this means setting up a process to rehabilitate disturbed environments or species that are on the brink of extinction. The alliance requires work on four basic points: conducting initial assessments, setting measurable and timed targets, developing actions to reduce the impact on biodiversity and protect species and ecosystems, and reporting on progress on an annual basis.
The role of universities
Today, the program has 117 institutions in 48 countries. Young people are more concerned about nature because it is their world, the world of tomorrow, that is under threat. Universities that sign up for the program have a responsibility to combat biodiversity loss and innovate to restore a healthy ecosystem.
They may choose to reduce their carbon footprint, manage waste or create green spaces. Prevention and intervention to explain the global situation of biodiversity loss will also help to raise collective awareness. In Quebec, 11 institutions are following suit. They include HEC Montréal, the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. During COP 15, speakers from Quebec universities presented their projects to improve their impact on biodiversity. Professors also spoke about their research on biodiversity and how to preserve and restore it.
Sources : Université de Montréal Nouvelles, Nature Positive Universities
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