Miguel Robles Florez

Sustainability Officer

Key Points

  • Support all students to enhance their individual environmental stewardship
  • Promote sustainability principles across all aspects of our university
  • Reduce single use plastics across our university
  • Work towards reducing the carbon footprint of our university
  • Increase the understanding and awareness of environmental issues and solutions

It is all too easy to feel pessimistic nowadays about the great global challenges that our generation is faced with.

  • Scientific evidence suggests that we are heading towards an increase in global temperatures of over 2°C by 2050 (International Panel on Climate Change, 2018).
  • Coral reefs will completely disappear by 2100 unless CO2 emissions are drastically reduced (UNESCO 2017).
  • The last male of northern white rhino died on March 2018 (WWF, 2018).

However, we must never underestimate a student’s determination, ambition and drive for change. We live in a community with some of the most brilliant young minds in the country, leading the research in microplastics, air pollution, renewable energy and countless more areas.

As an environmental scientist you are taught to look past the pessimism and get down to work. We learn to use our ingenuity, to research, understand, collaborate, and find a solution to solve problems. As a student officer, I aim to do just the same.

My main goal as sustainability officer is to help all students to enhance their own environmental stewardship. Through a bit of understanding and awareness, I truly believe that we could have a big positive influence in our community. After all, I’m just one of the thousands of students motivated enough to make a difference on environmental matters.

So, this isn’t all about what I intend to accomplish with your vote. It’s about what we, together, are all capable of achieving in order to maximize the environmental standards of our university.