For Aix-Marseille Université, global warming is recognised as an urgent and global challenge requiring collective mobilisation. The issues of climate, sustainable development and social responsibility are included as a transversal axis of development of the social commitment of AMU. The Climate Council supported by Aix-Marseille Université will meet on Tuesday 6 July to continue the assessment and make proposals.
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Aix-Marseille Université headquarters - Jardin du Pharo, 58 boulevard Charles Livon
For a year now, Aix-Marseille Université has been committed to setting up a Climate Council, made up of French and foreign scientists (European University CIVIS) and personalities from civil society, in order to inform AMU's policies on the impact of human activities on the climate and the environment, on the effects of global warming on biodiversity and on the depletion of natural resources (water, soil, nutrients). The council addresses the social and societal aspects of the causes and consequences of global warming. It issues opinions for the implementation of strategies in AMU's areas of competence (Research, Observation, Teaching and Dissemination of Knowledge) and within the framework of its activity: heritage policy, staff and student mobility, to alert to the climate crisis and contribute to reducing its impacts.
Since 2000, developed countries have produced as many emissions as between 1850 and 2000, and with current emission rates (50 Gt CO2/year), we are preparing for a doubling of the initial concentration as early as 2050 and an increase in global temperature of +2.6 to +3.9°C, and of 6 to 8°C for the polar regions. There, thawing soils emit methane, an ultra-powerful greenhouse gas, and the continental ice caps are melting at an accelerated rate, contributing to the rise of the ocean, affecting coastal regions, which are among the most populated and productive areas of our planet. This is an issue that requires concrete action on an international scale.
During this session, the work of the council continues with the presentation of progress, as well as the intervention of several researchers from AMU and its CIVIS partners on their research and initiatives implemented. The proposals of the "Climate Council Training" working group will also be presented.
In parallel with its Climate Council, Aix-Marseille Université is pursuing its environmental commitment through numerous actions. On 16 June 2021, with the European conference on the protection of the oceans that was held in Brussels, as well as the creation of two new institutes working on research and teaching on these themes of climate protection and biodiversity: the ITEM Institute and the OCEAN Institute.
For more information on the Climate Council: http://url.univ-amu.fr/conseil-climat-amu
This event will be held behind closed doors in compliance with the measures and barriers in force.