Last June we shared a Commitment to Action in support of Black Lives Matter. More than a statement of solidarity or simply a performative measure, we created this living document as an action plan with embedded accountability. Now, eight months later and in honor of Black History Month, we want to share some updates on actions taken or in progress. These are departmental efforts in addition to the breadth of programming being offered through the University’s Black Thriving Initiative, the UCI End Racism Initiative, and the School of Physical Sciences.
A recent study from researchers at UC Irvine and Global Energy Monitor found that replacing aging coal plants with new gas plants that could operate for 30 years or longer — as America has done in recent years — might reduce long-term carbon emissions by just 12%. The difference is even less after accounting for methane, a pollutant that leaks from gas infrastructure and traps heat in the atmosphere far more powerfully than carbon dioxide over the short term.