Climate change is one of the greatest challenges the world faces. We are keenly aware of our responsibility as an institution, and as a community, to protect our environment and help tackle climate change at a local and global level.
In the run-up to COP26 (the 26th UN Climate Change Conference) there are a range of events for you to get involved in both on and off campus:
Monday 25 October
Local Government and Climate Change, 10am – 4pm, The Beaney
Ahead of COP26, find out what your local government officers are doing about climate change as part of Canterbury Climate Action Week! Further details here
The Global Climate Emergency, 7pm, Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
Dr Carl Wright, Chair of Canterbury Climate Action Partnership leads a panel discussion exploring what is needed locally, nationally and internationally to tackle the global climate emergency. From investing in renewable energy and protecting eco-systems, to mobilising international financial institutions and governments working in partnership – there is much work to be done to achieve global net zero by mid-century and keep a 1.5 degrees temperature rise target within reach. Tickets £6 – click here for details.
Wednesday 27 October
Carbon Literacy Training, 10am -4.30pm, Mg19
A one-day course that introduces you to your Carbon Footprint, what you can do to reduce it and your impact on the environment. Completion of the course (submission of a short, written component) results in a certificate from the Carbon Literacy Trust. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
Thursday 28 October
Climate Action Day, 10am – 3.30pm. Old Sessions House
Our climate action day is a chance to come together on issue regarding climate change and social injustice. Including an introduction to sustainability and COP26, climate activities, screenings, discussions, workshops. Includes Lunch and afternoon tea and cake.
Students’ Union Litter Pick Challenge, from 11am, Old Sessions House-
You can also join the Students’ Union Litter Pick from Old Sessions House from 11am. Teams of six will be asked to pick as much litter as they can in 30 mins for prizes!
Electric Scooter Safety Event, 12 noon – 2.00pm, Gulbenkian University of Kent
Kent County Council, Canterbury City Council and Bird, the leading micro-mobility operator, have teamed up to bring affordable, environmentally friendly electric scooters to Canterbury.
And as part of Climate Action Week Bird, University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University will be hosting a safety demonstration and helmet give away on Thursday 28 October
Here at Christ Church, we have a responsibility and opportunity to develop the next generation of evidence-informed climate advocates and to inform interventions, policies and systems change in response to the Climate Emergency.
We also have a responsibility and opportunity as a carbon consumer – and large regional organisation – to reduce our own carbon emissions.