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Connecting Voices for Climate Action


Climate change presents an unprecedented global challenge that demands an unprecedented global response. As the UK prepares to host the next UN climate change conference, the University of Leeds is convening a week of events in April 2021, gathering together voices from across sectors and geographies to build ambition for impactful climate action.

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How can Leeds lead the way to a resilient, low carbon future?

As part of The Future of Innovation series hosted by Nexus, this event explored what a low carbon future looks like, how it will be financed, and how businesses of all sizes and sectors can build resilience and rise to the challenge.

Research to innovation: Solutions to the climate crisis in Africa

Hear some of the leading voices in climate change research, policy and innovation discuss priorities for African countries ahead of COP26 and how the research community can support ambitious action. Speakers include Ambassador Seyni Nafo, Professor Barbara Evans and Sir Nick Kay.

Realising the University climate commitments together

A discussion about how we ensure the delivery of the University of Leeds Climate Plan is collaborative and inclusive. Recording available soon.

COP26: implications for enhancing resilience

This webinar explored the aims and likely debate at COP26, focusing on resilience, from three perspectives: international, national and local. Speakers included Youssef Nassef, Director of Adaptation at UNFCCC and Dr Louise Ellis, Director of Sustainability at the University of Leeds.

Climate Research LIVE

Presentations from three postgraduate researchers working in very different fields of climate research, covering climate resilient urban water supplies, the role of religion in climate action, and tracking the accelerating flow of Antarctic glaciers. Recording available soon.

From Farm to Fork: The climate impact of our food

Leading researchers talk about the climate impacts of the food supply chain, including sustainable agriculture, consequences for consumer behaviour, and food waste. Recording available soon.

Partnerships for Climate Action in the North

An online discussion with regional MPs addressing opportunities for partnerships on climate action and implementing the COP26 agenda in Yorkshire and the Humber. Recording available soon.

The role of the University in a sustainable future

Friday 23 April - Vice-Chancellor Professor Simone Buitendijk will gather a number of key voices to discuss the role of academic institutions in driving ambition for COP26 and establishing the legacy of cooperation and innovation that is needed to deal with the existential threat of climate change.

Connecting Youth Voices for Climate Action: a UK and South Africa exchange

Saturday 17 and Saturday 24 April - Young people from across the UK and South Africa will meet online to share their lived experiences of climate impacts, supported by academics and students from the University of Leeds. This virtual cultural exchange will launch 'The Ripple Effect' to amplify young voices and influence the climate action plans of local decision makers everywhere. This event is by invitation only.