Merry Dickinson and Mark Matthews
The Environment + Ethics Officers are responsible for representing the interests of Union members in lobbying for sustainable and fair practices at the University of York. They lead the Environment + Ethics Collective, a student-led group which campaigns for the University to follow environmentally and ethically sound policies and influences student habits to be more sustainable.
Merry and Mark's Priorities
Campaign for YUSU to declare a climate emergency - Once this is YUSU policy, pressure the university to do the same. This would then mean they would pursue concrete measures to go carbon neutral by 2025.
Organise a campaign divesting the university from fossil fuels (inc. direct action) as part of the declaration of a climate emergency - This continues the important work already done by previous E & E officers while escalating the campaign for divestment.
Mobilising student participation in wider activism - Highlight the links between social and climate justice which is done by hosting talks from a range of speakers, promoting links between student groups and the wider environmental movement.