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Climate Emergency


Departmental Statement on Climate Change: A Global Emergency

“Climate change is an urgent crisis which poses a severe threat to both current and future generations. The Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment considers it to be our fundamental responsibility to use our scientific expertise to promote climate change education and to encourage climate action. Inspired by the momentum generated by youth around the world, protesting their governments’ insufficient progress towards meeting the Paris Agreement targets, we pledge to dedicate our efforts towards developing and implementing solutions to the climate crisis and to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, we pledge to reduce our individual as well as collective impact on the environment, and urge all departments, both within our institution and at other universities, to join us in promoting proactive climate change research and action.”

The purpose of the Climate Emergency Committee of the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment is to pursue the following three objectives:

  1. Increase awareness and understanding in Quebec of the growing global climate crisis through education;
  2. Develop, propose, and encourage Geography, Planning and Environment department policies to tackle climate change;
  3. To inform and collaborate with interested parties about ways to reduce environmental impacts (greenhouse gases, plastics, impacts related to food, etc.).   


GPE Flying Less Policy (Unanimously approved on June 1, 2019)

As part of the commitments made in the policy here is the collective flying record for 2018/2019 for the 20 full time faculty members of the department: 

- Total flying distance for professional purpose = 355,000 Km (average of 17,750 km per faculty member) 
- Estimated CO2 emissions from flying = 52 Tonnes (average of 2.5 T per faculty member) 

Our goal is to do better collectively next year.

To learn more about what other universities, groups and organizations are doing around the word to reduce flying activities as well as to get answers to some of the questions you might have such as "Why carbon off-setting is considered a license to pollute?" make sure to visit the Flying Less: Reducing Academia's Carbon Footprint blog. 

For more information about our Flying Less Policy, please contact professor Sébastien Caquard (


GPE Climate Emergency Educational Offer

Press Release: Concordia University’s Climate Emergency Committee invites Quebec high schools and CEGEPs to engage in Climate Change education

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