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What is University Rebellion?
In February 2020, a group of students from across the Netherlands came together. They shared one common concern: universities’ lack of action on the climate, ecological and social crises of our time. It was a year to be characterised by the California wildfires, Black Lives Matter protests and the corona pandemic. They had begun to connect the dots – and saw that something had to change. It was obvious to them that the universities that provided them with their education were turning a blind eye to these crises. More so, they were shunning their own responsibility within them. As a provider of knowledge to society, education to young people and as institutes with significant political clout, the students agreed this could not go on any longer if they, and the rest of their generation, were to have a fair and livable future. So that summer dozens of students wrote a manifesto. A manifesto with a strong scientific foundation, which calls on universities to act on the climate and ecological crises and its corresponding social injustices. A manifesto which calls on universities to acknowledge their own role in these crises, and their responsibility to be actors for change. A manifesto written by members of the academic community, for the academic community.
University Rebellion was born. University Rebellion consists of students, university staff and academics and challenges universities to act according to their responsibility, holding them accountable by organizing and coordinating decentralized actions against failing university policy.
The existential threat that the climate and ecological crisis poses is becoming increasingly clear and universities need to acknowledge the responsibility that they have in this crisis. Our universities emit massive amounts of CO2 and they do not inform their students nor the public on the extent of the climate and ecological crisis. Moreover, they directly and indirectly support fossil fuel companies. Therefore universities are complicit in the creation of the currently unfolding catastrophe. However, universities can be the catalyst we desperately need to push society towards a just and sustainable future. If we want our institutions to do what is necessary in order to face the climate and ecological crisis we cannot just sit by. Years of petitions and campaigns have not led the changes that are necessary to transform universities and that is why the most reasonable and justified response is to stand in open rebellion against our universities.
How does UR Work?
University Rebellion is decentrally organized, meaning that we have local groups that organize themselves. The local groups from each university share their knowledge and skills with other local groups, therefore we also operate nationally to help the exchange of best practices. We are a grass-roots movement that is non-hierarchical, we have no leaders, but work with different roles that change regularly. In order to structure the movement we have different circles, that all have their own mandate. These circles are groups of people that meet regularly and take up specific responsibilities for the movement. Currently we have the circles shown on the right at a national level. Depending on the university, there will also be such circles at a local level. At which circle would you like to contribute?
Join The Rebelion at your university
- Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) Send an E-mail
- Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) Send an E-mail
- Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) JoinWhatsApp broadcast or Check out our Facebook
- Leiden University (LEI) Join WhatsApp or Check out our Instagram
- Maastricht University (UM)
- Radboud University (RU) Send an E-mail
- Tilburg University (TU) Send an E-mail
- University of Amsterdam (UvA) Send an E-mail and learn more about the occupation + follow our instagram
- University of Groningen (RUG) Send an E-mail
- University of Twente (UT) Instagram and E-mail
- Utrecht University (UU) Join WhatsApp group
- Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
- Wageningen University & Research (WUR) Send an E-mail