Cambridge Zero: the University’s ambitious new climate initiative

Cambridge Zero: the University’s ambitious new climate initiative

December 3, 2019 1 By Kody Olson


Our planet is changing. And it’s happening faster than we ever imagined. Climate change, caused by human activity, threatens our very existence – and the time we have to act is running out. We need solutions. We need action. And we need them now. Cambridge Zero is our response to this call. We’re bringing together some of the
world’s brightest minds to develop real, workable solutions and, building on the
University of Cambridge’s with global network to turn those solutions into
positive action. We’re helping today’s leaders build
sustainability into everything they do and training the next generation of
innovators and experts to deliver a zero carbon future. Cambridge is a world
leader in low-cost, next generation solar cells which convert more of the sun’s
rays into electricity. We’re building new types of batteries to store that energy
to power an energy revolution. Our scientists are harnessing photosynthesis
to turn sunlight into clean liquid fuel to power vehicles and Industry
sustainably. Our engineers are developing hybrid and electric aircraft so that we
can stay connected while reducing the damage to our planet. By 2050, nearly seven and ten people will live in a city – presenting huge housing and
infrastructure challenges. So we’re developing natural construction
materials, tapping heat from underground transport to reuse as an energy source,
and integrating food production into the fabric of our cities – shaping communities
that are cleaner, safer, healthier and more sustainable for everyone. Humanity must transform the way it produces and consumes. From agriculture
to manufacturing, we’re working across industries to re-engineer destructive
cycles of waste – cutting carbon, conserving materials, and
dramatically reducing the plastic that chokes our oceans. But it’s not just
about reducing emissions: We must remove carbon that’s already in our atmosphere. This means protecting and growing the Earth’s natural carbon extractor: the
tree and plant life that helps us breathe. It’s time to reconstruct
economics to include nature as an ingredient. Reaching zero carbon and
leaving fossil fuels in the past will require fundamental changes across every
aspect of our economy. Rebalancing fragile ecosystems won’t be easy. It will affect how we work, how we travel, what we eat and how we live. But in a world Riven
with inequality, the way we do this must be fair for all. That’s why we’re working
with governments and industries to develop zero carbon policies that work
locally, nationally and internationally. We cannot do any of this alone. We need
to work with our colleagues around the world. We need the support of our donors
and friends. And we need government and the public to get behind clear policies
that lead to lasting change. If we don’t change, we’ll lose more than we can ever
recover. But if we do – improving the health and well-being of Earth, will improve the health and well-being of every one of us. This is a challenge in
which we must succeed. And we want you to join us.