Abu Dhabi: Sorbonne Abu Dhabi University has launched the “Go Green 2023” initiative in light of the UAE hosting the COP28 in 2023 and climate change and global environmental concerns.
Professor Nathalie Drach-Temam, President of Sorbonne University, Professor Silvia Serrano, Vice-chancellor Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and members of the academic, administrative and student bodies were present at the event.
“Go Green 2023” aims to develop students’ capacities and increase their involvement in creating initiatives that address climate change challenges, environmental concerns, and contribute to moving towards a more sustainable future. It also aims to raise awareness of climate change topics among the university community.
The University’s Department of Geography and Planning conducted the program, which has three key themes including carbon footprint reduction, sustainable development activities and the launch of collaborative environmental research.
“This initiative was launched with the aim of integrating students into global events, raising awareness of current environmental issues, sharing practical solutions, empowering students to think innovatively and critically, and promote sustainable development, as well as strengthening the role of the University as a research-led institution,” Professor Silvia Serrano, Vice-Chancellor of Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, remarked.
“These initiatives will encourage students to play an active role in topics regarding the climate risks surrounding our world and engage them in finding sustainable solutions to environmental challenges and in mitigating the negative impact of climate change.” Professor Serrano further added.
“Go Green” initiative complements the Paris Climate Agreement that set the benchmark for global efforts to increase governments’ long-term ambition and commitment to improve climate change and preserve the environment, as per the report.
According to the statement, “The initiative is in line with the University’s CSR endeavours to support a more sustainable environment and help reach the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (UN) by focusing on reducing carbon emissions and boosting resilience to climate change.”