Students demand universities 'practice what they preach' in combating climate change

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Universities and colleges in Sweden are the biggest sinners among state-run authorities when it comes to carbon emissions from flying.

Swedish Radio News reveals that over half of the 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide released by state-run institutions in 2017 came from higher education institutions, with the Karolinska Institute the worst offender.

At Lund University, student organisations are demanding a 50 percent reduction of the school's emissions within the next 4 years.

"It's the hypocrisy that is frustrating - the university is a main producer of sustainable science and yet we're not practicing what we preach, " Lund student Wilhelm Wanecek tells Radio Sweden.

The 21-year-old, who is studying computer sciences, says those employed by the University fly too much out of habit. 

"I don't think they consider it, it's just a habit and that's what we want to change. In 2017, there were 5,000 flights from Lund to Stockholm and only 3,000 train journeys," he says.

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