Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Climate Politics
Area of work, and why it’s important:
I research how social norms and social movements such as Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion are shaping the public’s perception of the climate crisis and changing policy makers’ attitudes. So many of our opinions are shaped by our society and our peers’ attitudes towards certain topics, so getting everyone on board is vital for large scale change.
What will you be doing at COP27?
I will be collaborating with partner organisations on events in the food systems pavilion which is being organised by my fellowship partner Clim-Eat. This includes assisting with their anniversary reception on Thursday 10 November. Along with just Rural Transition (JRT) I will be launching the action plan and policy brief for the Practical Perspectives project I have been working on during my innovation fellowship. I will also be liaising with YOUNGO members about my research into the normative values of youth activist movements and social tipping points.
What are the big issues that COP27 needs to address? What are your hopes for the negotiations?
Adaptation and Loss & Damage will be particularly high on everyone’s agenda, especially with the recent devastating floods in Pakistan and Hurricane Ian in the Atlantic. I hope the negotiations address the urgency of the crisis, and underrepresented groups have a legitimate opportunity to engage with discussions.
What’s your message for world leaders at COP27?
Lead by example and hold yourself accountable.
Any tips for readers about climate action?
Even if you don’t agree with everyone’s methods remember the shared cause we’re all fighting for. There are so many documentaries and resources out there to learn of different approaches to tackling the climate crisis and small changes you can do to help.