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Climate Assembly

Updated: Aug 10, 2020

The first CSM Climate Assembly followed a process which started with demands made by CSM students and staff in June 2019 asking the University to act much more radically in response to the Climate and Ecological Emergency. Transparency and urgency were seen as absolute requisites given to the overwhelming scientific consensus of the very narrow window of opportunity in which to keep global heating to below 1.5˚C above pre-industrial levels. Participants of the working groups were asked to give 24 hours of their time to arrive at imaginative, pragmatic proposals that could be implemented this year. 

The sharing of ideas, knowledge and expertise has been a new experience for all involved. Working groups under the four categories were formed: Divestment & Procurement, Curriculum, Carbon Neutral, and Zero Waste. The working groups were non-hierarchical and included students and staff from courses and departments right across the college. We believe that by taking ambitious and innovative steps in 2020 and committing to a five-year process of radical change, we are acknowledging our responsibilities individually and institutionally.

In the second Assembly in January, where Ciaran Malik, our BA Technical Studies Coordinator, and Jake Stephenson from MArch presented a proposal improving building efficiency of the Granary Building, from one of the Carbon Neutral working groups. Maolin Huang from BA Stage 2, proposed a UAL woodland in order to offset the university’s carbon emission. Fin Orme from MArch Year 2 has been working with one of the Zero Waste working groups proposing a ‘material swap shop’, dedicated to the re-use, repurposing or repairing of second-hand and surplus materials. 

AS:CSM hosted a meeting within Spatial Practices in February, where students, staff, and faculty members were invited to attend and participate. It was informative and encouraging to hear from each other, finding coherence in our proposals and design projects, and explore how our education and practice can change in response to the climate crisis. 


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