COALITION FOR SOCIAL IMPACT
During the 2020 Student Coalition for Social Impact, the students will brainstorm and create solutions to this year's theme:
corporate accountability for greenhouse gas emissions.
Addressing climate change can feel like an insurmountable feat. By focusing on one aspect of this pressing issue, we can make marked progress toward a more sustainable world. While consumer habits can drive significant market changes in the fossil fuel industry and should be considered in this discussion, accountability for climate change can not solely lie on the backs of consumers, individuals, communities and their habits.
This year’s Coalition is excited to explore the accountability of fossil fuel producing companies in addressing the negative impact of their effect on global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. According to a 2017 report by the CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, roughly 70% of the total greenhouse gas emissions since 1988 can be traced to just 100 fossil fuel companies, which extract and produce oil, gas, or coal. There are many negative implications of the continued use of fossil fuels, including air pollution, land degradation, water contamination, and rising sea levels from rising temperatures. As solutions are being developed to address the serious threats of climate change, how can fossil fuel producing corporations be encouraged to transition from expanding their fossil fuel extractions? How can they be held accountable for the negative implications of producing fossil fuels? Likewise, how can corporations that consume the fossil fuels produced by these companies be held accountable for the implications of their heavy use of fossil fuels?
We encourage student delegates to think radically and creatively about potential solutions. Solutions can focus on preventative measures to encourage corporate responsibility or address the damage already caused by the 100 corporation’s outsized contribution to fossil fuel supply and GHG emissions.
The Impact Hack will be held on Thursday, 2/6, 7pm-12am. On Friday morning, the Student Coalition will present their solution to representatives from their universities, stakeholders, and community leaders.