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Thursday, April 18, 2019

UCF students will strike for climate, environmental rights next week

Posted By on Thu, Apr 18, 2019 at 6:34 PM

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On Monday, seven University of Central Florida student organizations will lead a strike against the university's administrators for failing to safeguard the student body and community's environmental futures.

"Energy usage, social injustice, animal agriculture and overall human consumption are some of the main causes of climate change," the students write in a press release. The strike was announced earlier today.

The UCF Climate Strike demand the following from UCF administration officials:

- In the present, they're calling on the university to provide and circulate a yearly report on UCF's compliance with its own Climate Action Plan; protect all undeveloped lands on campus and cease land-clearing campus expansions indefinitely; and to limit contract expansion with outside organizations while using internal resources for growth instead.

- By 2020, the students demand that student signatures on student IDs are used for voter identity purposes; that a student body vote will be held to approve exclusive service of product contracts between UCF and an outside entity that last for at least a period of two years, if not more; a divestment from Aramark, which provides food services to the university, and the introduction a plant-based restaurant on campus; dedicate additional support to the Food Recovery Network at UCF; the implementation of rent-control measures for UCF students and advocate for the same from city officials, as well as the expansion of sustainability initiatives.

- By 2021, the students are calling for the elimination of single-use plastic and styrofoam on campus; additional recycling and compost bins with clear signage; a mandate that STEM colleges within UCF must include sustainable curriculum; the allocation of funding and a physical location to launch an independently-run student newspaper; and the increase of student representation on the Board of Trustees to at least 30 percent.

- By 2025, the students demand that every building on campus be certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program and for the university to earn a platinum rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

The strike kicks off at 10 a.m. Monday, April 22. Students will gather at the Addition Financial Arena, which can be found at 12777 Gemini Blvd.

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