Hau Taki Haere | Tertiary Update Vol 25, No 14
With climate change one of the defining issues of our times, it’s important that we as a union and as staff in the sector, use our shared voice in advocating for climate justice and kaitiakitanga of our natural environment.
At TEU’s Annual Conference in early May a remit was passed to add to the objects of our union:
‘Advocate for transforming TEU and tertiary education institutions’ relationship with Papatūānuku and Ranginui, supporting climate justice, just transition and kaitiakitanga of our natural environment, in relationship with mana whenua and mana tangata’.
Workshops were also held at conference on climate change/just transitions and members showed keen interest for our union to be active in this area. Work is currently underway and a network for members will soon be established to continue these efforts.
Rachel Bolstad, TEU Council member and co-presenter of the workshop at conference, has recently had an article published by Education International, the Global Union Federation that brings together organisations of teachers and other education employees from across the world. In the article titled ‘Harnessing education’s power for positive climate action’, Bolstad writes,
‘I want educators to get excited, and energized, about climate change. Not because it’s a good thing – it’s clearly not. I want educators to be excited and energized because there is so much that we can do to play a constructive, positive role in the solutions…
None of us can do this alone. Instead, we should be focusing on structural and system solutions, and how we can help to make these changes happen. We need to harness the deep strengths and collective capabilities of our sector on a global scale’.
Keep an eye out for how you can get involved in our union efforts to support climate justice, just transitions, and transforming tertiary education’s relationship with Papatūānuku and Ranginui.
Also in this update:
Universities should beware the 'hidden curriculum' that disadvantages many students - Stuff
What ‘high-value’ means for international education - MOE
La Trobe to axe 200 jobs, shut molecular sciences school in bid to save $60m – The Age
New code sets clear expectations for learner safety and wellbeing in tertiary education - Beehive
PBRF funding needed to boost Maori research roll – Waatea News