Climate Students Movement

The climate crisis already affects the ecological, economic, and social stability of our societies and ecosystems. Systemic transformation and climate leadership are required at all higher education institutions, in order for governments and future employers to take immediate and sufficient action and save our earth system from collapse.

Welcome to our movement!

The Climate Students Movement was officially founded in August 2020 by students from the forerunner Climate Students Sweden , as well as by students starting up Climate Students groups in Kenya, Singapore, and the UK. All those involved share an optimism to turn climate anxiety into action, and welcome you to join our movement!

Currently, we are working to mobilise, organise and strengthen student groups, networks and organisations in their work to push higher education institutions to become brave climate leaders in our societies. Our role is to ensure that they act on the best available climate science, and that they adapt to it in order to follow the 1.5 degree target of the Paris Agreement.

Our goal is to push higher education institutions on a global scale to immediately stop their greenhouse gas emissions (where possible), and to support negative emission projects without relying on non-existing negative emission technologies, as well as to take climate equity into account. Read more about the climate science here.

Our time as students is running out. We are studying for a bright future that is slowly slipping away. We need to worry about what could and will happen in the coming years if global society triggers irreversible and catastrophic tipping points. Our future is acutely threatened and we, as students, must do all that we possibly can to save it.

Our Values

The Climate Students Movement welcomes all students regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationalities, age, ethnicities, religion, physical or psychological functions and socio-economic or academic backgrounds, and does not tolerate any form of harassment, discrimination or violence.

We strive for sustainable engagement by respecting each individual’s respective level of engagement, energy and time. The decision making processes are based upon transparent and democratic practices.

Our operations

The methods of the Climate Student Movement are to:

  • Strengthen the skills, knowledge, tools, equipment of member organisations, as well as other resources needed to push higher education institutions.
  • Mobilise and support students to start up new Climate Students groups locally, as well as Climate Students organisations nationally.
  • Coordinate and facilitate international campaigns for the development of student climate action papers.
  • Organise international network meetings and conferences for member organisations and student groups, initiatives and organisations.

Become a member

All national and local student groups, networks or organisations that act according to our statutes are welcome to become a member in our movement. Together, we can build a strong, international network in order to push higher education institutions to act on the climate science. Find out more about our membership offer here.

Students from the Climate Students Sweden gathered at their annual conference in Lund, 2020.

The #practisewhatyouteach approach

An inspiring speech by Climate and Energy Professor Kevin Andersson at our network meeting in June 2020. Andersson talks about why universities and college need to practise what they teach and how they can implement this approach.

Let's save our future!

Our mission is to mobilise, organise and strengthen students’ initiatives and organisations to impact higher education institutions to reduce their green house gas emissions in line with climate science and the Paris Agreement.

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