On Covid-19: Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it. Arundathi Roy
2020 is the year that we start to move forward in earnest, and ensure our graduates have a hightened awareness of sustainability and a sustainable future... so that tomorrow will be better than today. Dr Sizwe Mabizela, Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University.
Rhodes University is committed to playing a leading role in the Eastern Cape and South Africa with respect to environmental responsibility, in order to promote practices that support a safe, healthy and sustainable environment for all who live in it - a social-ecological perspective of sustainability.
To this end, Rhodes seeks to pursue a policy of environmental best practice, and include social and ecological justice considerations in decisions relating to the University's curricula, research and management policies.
Rhodes University is a signatory of the Talloires Declaration - an official statement of commitment to environmental sustainability. Rhodes was one of the first five South African universities to sign the Talloires Declaration Signatory List, and joined the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF) on 16 October 1996, thus becoming part of a diverse group of more than 500 institutions in over 50 countries that are committed to practicing and promoting environmental literacy.
The declaration is a ten-point action plan to incorporate sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities.
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