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Vasiliki Kioupi

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Lecturer in Sustainable Curriculum

What are the big issues that COP28 needs to address? What are your hopes for the negotiations?

As member of ACE (Action for Climate Empowerment), I hope that the focus will be on climate action and how every societal sector can be empowered to contribute to climate solutions. I hope the ACE will be given stronger focus and the COP28 will include the views of marginalised groups in decision-making e.g. youth, elderly, indigenous people, ethnic minorities, children. There should be understanding that education for climate action is not only formal, but informal and non-formal and should be reaching everyone.

What’s your message for world leaders at COP28?

The time for action is now, we can achieve the most difficult task if we collaborate towards a common vision.

Do you have any tips about climate action that you can share?

Climate action is a crucial part of sustainability. Embrace sustainability in any form on and off campus and inspire students to do the same. Do not let its complexity daunt you, every voice matters and every discipline can make a contribution.