Climate Strike

The 30-minute walkout on the 20th of September at 10am is in solidarity with school strikers around the world, whose Friday strikes have pushed climate action to the forefront of global attention. The pledge button will only go live at 10am for the Climate Strike it has now been deactivated

Down tools in support of climate strikes

The University is supporting a half hour strike by colleagues in support of climate action on Friday, 20 September at 10am for 30 minutes.

The 30-minute walkout is in solidarity with school strikers around the world, whose Friday strikes have pushed climate action to the forefront of Global attention.

we are organising a range of activities, including:

  • the button above is inviting staff and students to sign a virtual ‘pledge wall’, allowing people to commit to new environmentally-focused actions for the academic year ahead: from eating less meat, to driving less, or talking to others about climate change. The pledge will only go live at 10am ready for the climate action.
  • come join us at the Carrington screen to show your support for the climate strike.
  • staff sign up to JUMP – the University’s online green action portal – and rewarding those already signed up with extra points.
  • organising a ‘mini switch off’ – providing colleagues with a checklist to see which items can be turned off where they work, and reporting issues if they are unsure or they see wasteful use of energy elsewhere. once you have switched off come join use at the Carrington screen.

Anyone wanting to organise their own activities in their own School, function or building is welcome to do so. This could be a talk about climate change; a group walk around campus; or any other activity that has a climate or environmental focus.

you can always email use at sustainability@reading.ac.uk with your plans, and pictures of your activities, and we will list them all on the Sustainability website. Please be mindful of usual workplace safety and welfare issues when organising activities.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Van de Noort said: “I know the University community is passionate about environmental issues, and I am keen that we do even more to boost our focus on climate change in all that we do.