Our society faces a climate emergency

We are taking action.


From coral reef resilience to driving the clean energy transition and reducing campus energy use, UTS staff and students make huge contributions towards positive action on climate change.

But that’s no longer enough.

We recognise that a drastic societal shift is needed to combat this threat.

UTS signed a climate emergency declaration not to show good will or solidarity, but as a basis for increased action.

We are committing more resources to climate change research and skills creation. We will increase sustainability education across our curriculum, campus and community programs so that our 10,000 graduates are armed with the tools to contribute towards positive change. We will continue to bring communities, industry and government together to debate the contested themes around the climate emergency. We will argue for the need for a climate consensus and will work towards carbon neutrality on campus.

Through the combined impact of our research, teaching and learning, operations and engagement, we will inspire a positive change in course for Australia’s future.

News and views

The law and climate: the view of the courts

The law and climate: the view of the courts

Internationally, citizens are taking legal action against their governments' lack of action in response to climate change. Is this the start of a trend that will increasingly bring climate to the courts? In May Justice Bromberg of the Federal Court described climate...

Climate and the courts: the German breakthrough

Climate and the courts: the German breakthrough

A ground-breaking decision in Germany's federal court paves the way for a global reckoning. Germany’s highest court, the Karlsruhe Court, has ruled that the government’s climate protection measures are insufficient to protect future generations, after a complaint...

The big questions

Experts and the public come together at our #uts4climate events to discuss and debate issues around climate change. Watch as our guest speakers respond to important questions that will shape our future. 
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