"The University of British Columbia (UBC) has joined organizations around the world in declaring a climate emergency.
UBC's president Santa Ono, made the declaration on Thursday following ongoing pressure from the campus community.
"At this pivotal moment, the decisions and actions we take today will reverberate beyond our own borders and lifetimes," said Ono in a statement.
In September, more than 5,000 people from the community campus took part in a global climate strike. A week after the strike, more than 1,600 people signed an open letter calling on the university to declare a climate emergency."