The Graduate Student Government (GSG) serves all students enrolled in graduate programs across the University of Delaware (UD). We offer academic, professional, and social programming for all graduate students, and are supported in our activities by the Graduate College. Every graduate student is represented in the GSG by an elected senator from their academic program, and every graduate student is welcome to participate in all GSG meetings and events. In fact, every graduate student is already a member of GSG! We encourage you to attend any of our meetings, get involved with program planning or advocacy on one of the GSG’s committees, or run for election as a senator, officer, or Graduate College Council representative.

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GSG’s Response to the IPCC Report on Climate Change, August 16

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report of August 9 is straightforward in its message: “Climate change is widespread, rapid, and intensifying.” These changes are unprecedented, and some are irreversible. We are passing tipping points of no return. Climate change was here yesterday, is here today, and will be here tomorrow. In fact, without quick and appropriate action, climate change will worsen in the coming decades. We will witness increasing heatwaves and droughts, intense rainfall and associated flooding, continued sea level rise, permafrost thawing, ocean acidification, amplified urban heat island effects. Climate change will then adversely affect human and environmental health. We all – individuals, businesses, universities, governments – play a role.

We – the Graduate Student Government – strongly support positive action taken to prevent, mitigate, and adapt to the effects of climate change in light of the very visible disasters that are increasingly engulfing our world. We are committed to doing everything we can, and this has been reflected by the Sustainability Committee’s enormous push for enhanced campus sustainability practices. This includes the collaborative establishment of the Environmental Sustainability Report (forthcoming 2021) that features examinations of several opportunities for positive change on campus. The University of Delaware will soon be digesting this report, which includes discussion of the following: sustainability spending; pesticide usage; dining options; lighting; funding opportunities; temperature control; plastic usage; mental well-being; a bikeshare program; retrofitting; electric vehicle charging ports; carbon neutrality goals; fossil fuel divestment; food waste management; and tree-planting. The monumental effort of composing this report was completed by members of the Sustainability Committee in May 2021 and is currently being revised by the University of Delaware’s Sustainability Council.

Further, a feasibility report for a Bikeshare Program in Newark is underway to assist in promoting more sustainable modes of transport and to shift away from car-centric planning that produces greenhouse gases. We are here to encourage all graduate students to do their part and show empathy to those disproportionately affected by climate change, as well as those managing climate anxiety. If, at any point, you would like to add your voice to the mix in calling for action on campus, please consider reaching to the Chair of the GSG Sustainability Committee, Thomas Benson (tsbenson@udel.edu) or your respective Senator. We will ensure that your grievances and concerns are heard, and that appropriate action is subsequently taken. If you are experiencing mental health issues, please contact the Center for Counseling and Student Development.

The best time for action on climate change was yesterday. The next best time is now.