International Universities Climate Alliance (IUCA), an international coalition of 47 leading climate research universities issued its first declaration ahead of the G20 Summit scheduled to happen on 21 and 22 November 2020 urging G20 leaders to prioritise net zero emissions.
Being a premier climate research institute in India globally recognized for its contribution in the field of climate research and a Foundation Member of IUCA which came into being in April this year, TERI School of Advanced Studies (TERI SAS), New Delhi also participated in the event.
IUCA which also includes Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, The Netherlands) in its first declaration urged the world leaders to use the post-COVID recovery to implement measures to counteract climate change, warning that failure to do so will lock in catastrophic consequences for generations to come.
IUCA member universities span all populated continents, representing one-third of the 100 highest performing climate research universities and a quarter of the top 100 environmental research universities worldwide.
Professor Ian Jacobs, President and Vice-Chancellor of UNSW Sydney in Australia, a founding member of the Alliance said he and his colleagues recognised the need for experts with diverse voices to speak out about the climate crisis.
“Many challenges lie ahead of us in combatting the existential crisis in which the world finds itself. The International Universities Climate Alliance is a rich resource upon which governments, business, industry and the wider community can rely for evidence-based expert advice.”
On this occasion, Prof. Manipadma Datta, Vice Chancellor, TERI SAS said, “Climate change is a serious challenge and unless the CO2 emissions are contained, the future of humanity is bleak. G20 countries represent major economies of the world and therefore it’s their responsibility to lead the change. G20 countries also consume 95 % of the global coal and over 70 % of oil and gas which accounts for maximum CO2 emissions. International Universities Climate Alliance is a quality resource for G20 members to seek evidence-based solutions to the global crisis of climate change.”
Prof. Shaleen Singhal, Dean (Research and Relationships), TERI SAS also expressed the institute’s commitment to IUCA’s collective goal, “Leapfrogging for evidence based climate research is critical to assist global leaders in taking informed decisions for longer term impact as against mere crisis management in a post Covid19 era. Through the Climate Alliance, TERI School is delighted to promote this shared agenda.”
The Climate Alliance is unprecedented in scale and scope and will support world leaders, policy makers and industry in planning for, and responding to, climate change. The advent of the Climate Alliance comes at a time when momentum is building for countries to decarbonise their economies.
In recent months there have been moves by various nations to fortify incremental efforts with policies and actions equal to the urgency of the situation. The Alliance will provide a central hub for universities to share the latest climate research and enable greater collaboration between leading research teams.