Statement of the UBC Department of Physics and Astronomy on the Global Climate Strike

September 25, 2019

The Department of Physics and Astronomy supports the aims of the Global Climate Strike in response to the rapidly developing climate crisis. We are encouraged that our students wish to take action to mitigate the threat to their futures and applaud the student-led movement that is bringing increased attention to the dangers of unmitigated global warming. We call attention to the planned Global Climate Strike being called for September 20-27, with UBC and Vancouver events being planned for Friday September 27th. The Department of Physics and Astronomy stands together with students and instructors who wish to participate. At the same time, we are aware that the University is officially open on that day, and believe that education and research are essential to both understand the scope of global climate change, and develop new solutions for mitigation and adaptation. Hence, it is up to each person to make the decision of whether and how to participate, and we are equally supportive of those who choose not to participate. For instructors, we encourage that accommodations be offered whenever possible for those students who do participate in the Global Climate Strike. Regardless of the decision to participate or not, we urge instructors and students to view this event as a possible learning opportunity, as climate change is increasingly affecting all areas of human endeavour.


Dr. Colin Gay
Head, Department of Physics & Astronomy