Connecting Voices for Climate Action

A week of events building local to global ambition for COP26 and beyond

 

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.

Programme

Monday 19 April - As part of The Future of Innovation series hosted by Nexus, this event will explore 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.
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Tuesday 20 April - 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.
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Wednesday 21 April - A discussion about how we ensure the delivery of the University of Leeds Climate Plan is collaborative and inclusive.
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Wednesday 21 April - This webinar will explore the aims and likely debate at COP26, focusing on resilience, from three perspectives: international, national and local. Speakers include Youssef Nassef, Director of Adaptation at UNFCCC and Dr Louise Ellis, Director of Sustainability at the University of Leeds.
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Wednesday 21 April - Hear 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.
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Wednesday 21 April - Leading researchers will talk about the climate impacts of the food supply chain, including sustainable agriculture, consequences for consumer behaviour, and food waste.
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Thursday 22 April - Join us for an online discussion with regional MPs as we address opportunities for partnerships on climate action and implementing the COP26 agenda in Yorkshire and the Humber.
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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.
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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.