Challenge

How might York university and its communities within them adapt existing processes to reduce costs of carbon surcharges and reduce negative image of carbon use?

Challenge Summary

Evidence suggests that inequality aggravates the position of the disadvantaged groups of the society vis-à-vis climate change impact. At the same time, evidence shows that the richest half (high and upper-middle income countries) emit 86 percent of global CO2 emissions. The bottom half (low and lower-middle income) only 14%. This means that the very poorest countries (home to 9 percent of the global population) are responsible for just 0.5 percent.

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The richest half (high and upper-middle income countries) emit 86 percent of global CO2 emissions. The bottom half (low and lower-middle income) only 14%. The very poorest countries (home to 9 percent of the global population) are responsible for just 0.5 percent. This provides a strong indication of the relative sensitivity of global emissions to income versus population. (https://ourworldindata.org/co2-by-income-region)

The evidence suggests that inequality aggravates the position of the disadvantaged groups of the society vis-à-vis climate change impact in the following three major ways (Figure 1). a. increase in the exposure to climate hazards, b. increase in the susceptibility to damage caused by climate hazards, and c. decrease in the ability to cope with and recover from the damage.

Canada and the US are the only G7 countries that have not reduced emissions since signing the 2016 Paris Accord. In fact, Canada has shown the greatest emissions increase during this time.

And although oil and gas production is at record highs, the return in the form of jobs and government revenue have dramatically fallen.

Canadian universities must disassociate themselves from polluting industries

Sustainable Development Goals

Organization

The Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (REI) educates the university community on best practices to instill human rights, equity and inclusion in all facets of York’s operations and governance.

By offering a number of scheduled trainings, opportunities for customized sessions, and reviewing plans, we:

  • Provide education and professional development on human rights, equity, and inclusion
  • Support the development and implementation of REI policy and procedures
  • Proactively support the development of a culture of respect, equity, diversity and inclusion at York University
  • Support the York community in navigating current REI trends and topics

Ways to engage with Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion

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